Chief Kevin Romano accepting the HeartSafe Community Award

On July 12, 2017, The Town of Charlotte Vermont has been designated as a Vermont HeartSafe Community. The Vermont HeartSafe Community Program is a cooperative initiative of the Vermont office of EMS and Charlotte Volunteer Fire Rescue Services. The program recognizes local efforts made to provide strong cardiovascular related emergency care for residents and visitors and promotes partnership between local EMS services and the community partners to improve overall cardiovascular health and awareness.

The HeartSafe Community designation is based on what the American heart Association calls the chain of survival. The four components of the chain of survival include early access to emergency care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care. To receive a HeartSafe Community designation, cities and towns are awarded points, called heartbeats, based on their ability to meet program criteria. Program criteria include:

  • CPR and automated external defibrillator or AED training for community members

  • Public education and awareness of the sciences symptoms of cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke.

  • EMS first response vehicles equipped with AEDs

  • Public AED placement and training

  • Advanced life support Dispatch as primary or backup responders for all medical emergencies

  • On going evaluation of the communities chain of survival

Through the safety measures of the chain of survival, we can improve the survival rate for cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke victims. Measures such as early CPR can make a tremendous difference in survival in recovery outcomes.

Heart disease and stroke account for one in three deaths in Vermont. To increase survival and improve outcomes associated with these cardiovascular events, HesrtSafe Communities are increasing public recognition of symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke, and promoting the importance of calling 911 immediately.

To learn more about The Charlotte HeartSafe Community contact If you would like to register for a CPR and/or first aid class please visit our Upcoming Training page.

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