Molalla Fire receives grant for CPR training mannequins
The Molalla Fire District recently received a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund in the amount of $4,766.66 to purchase CPR training mannequins.
The purpose of the mannequins will be to promote first aid and CPR training in Molalla and surrounding communities.
"We recognize the need to keep the community up to date on CPR in order to preserve life and reach better hospital outcomes," Firefighter Paramedic Rob Boren said. "This is especially important due to our rural setting and increased response times."
Statistics show that 70-80 percent of cardiac arrest cases occur either in the home or at public places, according to the American Heart Association and a press release from Molalla Fire. In these cases, the nearest person to the victim often has no medical expertise; but if those present at the scene are able to promptly provide CPR to the victim, then chances of survival increase significantly.
"When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby," according to the American Heart Association. "Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival."
Molalla Fire is continuously looking for ways to fund projects such as the first aid and CPR classes. Organizations like the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund are vital to fire districts for their financial assistance, according to the press release from Molalla Fire.
The recent grant is one of several that Molalla Fire has received from the Siletz Fund, Lieutenant Byron Wakefield said. The fund's advisory board has distributed more than $11.2 million in the state of Oregon since its inception in 2001. More information on the charitable fund can be found here.