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Johnson County Hands-Only CPR training goal surpassed

Johnson County MED-ACT, one of the partners in the Johnson County HeartSafe community initiative, is excited to announce the coalition has surpassed its goal to train 25,000 Johnson County residents in Hands-Only CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) usage in 12 months. In one year, 28,212 Johnson County residents received training.

The HeartSafe Schools program trained 5,604 students during the 2014-2015 school year. Other trainings were provided throughout the year to individuals and groups from the business and civic community as well as religious organizations.

“Johnson County Government made Hands-Only CPR and AED employee training a priority over the past 12 months,” said Ted McFarlane, chief of Johnson County MED-ACT. “In June 2014 our Board of County Commissioners received training on this life-saving skill, and since then, 90 percent of our 3,800-employee workforce has received Hands-Only CPR training or is CPR-certified.”

The following organizations make up the Johnson County HeartSafe community initiative:

  • Johnson County MED-ACT
  • Johnson County fire departments
  • Johnson County area hospitals
  • EMS System Medical Director-Dr. Ryan Jacobsen
  • Johnson County Corrections Department
  • Johnson County Emergency Communications Center
  • Johnson County Community College (Emergency Medical Sciences)

 CPR and AED training is still available. For more information, please call Aimee Eickmann at 913-715-1981 or visit our website at www.JoCoHeartSafe.org.