NEWSBRIEF: Roseville to become Heart Safe City

On Oct. 22, the Roseville City Council approved a resolution for the city to seek a Heart Safe City designation. This designation will recognize Roseville’s efforts to prepare staff and residents to identify when someone is suffering cardiac arrest and how to respond.

The Roseville Fire Department will work with CHAT, Roseville Area Schools and the Roseville Area Senior program to coordinate efforts to educate and raise awareness about cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing CPR and having access to automated external defibrillator, or AEDs, to prevent sudden deaths.

Effective CPR within the first five minutes of cardiac arrest can double the chances of a person surviving. The group will help more people learn how to administer CPR effectively. They will work with businesses, community groups, faith communities and individuals. The goal is to train as many people as possible and to encourage businesses to purchase AEDs for their business or the community.

The Heart Safe goal is to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing community and public awareness, placing AEDs wherever people live, work and play, and by educating the public on how to administer CPR.

The city is kicking off Roseville Heart Safe on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. following the Roseville Area School’s 623 Walk/Run. Firefighters will provide free CPR and AED training. Additionally, the Roseville Fire Department offers free monthly CPR/AED classes. Upcoming classes will be Nov. 28, Dec. 19 and Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Roseville Fire Station, 2701 Lexington Ave.

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