Easton becomes a HeartSafe Community

First Selectman’s Notes

Adam Dunsby

Adam Dunsby

HeartSafe Communities is a national program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Through the efforts of EMS Chief Carolyn Kearney, Easton has become a HeartSafe Community, achieved through widespread CPR training and public access to defibrillators (AEDs).   

Chief Kearney trained 89 people across the community in the basics of CPR. This included members of the highway department, Girl Scout leaders, schoolteachers, members of the parks and recreation department, and more.

Publicly accessible automated external defibrillators are located in Samuel Staples Elementary School, Helen Keller Middle School, the Easton Community Center, the Senior Center, and two Aquarion locations — 35 Buck Hill Road and 714 Black Rock Turnpike. Easton police vehicles are equipped with AEDs, and we hope to install them in other town buildings in the future.

This year EMS had five calls for cardiac arrest, with one survival. Chief Kearney hopes with more citizens trained in CPR the survival rate will increase. Easton EMS has five CPR instructors, and anyone interested in becoming certified in CPR should call EMS at 203-452-9595. They can also provide group classes.

We are hoping to have a ceremony for the HeartSafe recognition in May, during EMS week.

The first selectman may be reached at 203-268-6291, ext. 101, via email at [email protected] or by writing to him at Easton Town Hall, 225 Center Street, Easton CT 06612.

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