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Mountain View Fire recognized for 3 CPR saves this year
Mountain View Fire and Rescue has received three letters from the King County Public Health, Emergency Services Division, congratulating the department and specific firefighters who responded to cardiac arrest events and performed CPR successfully resuscitating the victims in 2013.
The patients, which were later discharged from the hospital, included a man, woman and boy.
Mountain View Firefighter/EMTs training includes an enhanced aggressive CPR method and use of defibrillators that are carried on all first response vehicles. King County's cardiac survival rate has increased from an above-average 27 percent in 2002 to 57 percent today. Many other parts of the nation have survival rates of 10 percent or less.
"We continue to set the bar for the rest of the nation, cardiac survival is a key indicator of the quality of emergency medical response in the district and county," said Fire Chief Greg Smith. "We would like to thank King County Public Health, King County Medic One, our career firefighter/EMTs, volunteer firefighter/EMTs, the dispatchers on the phone and the radio, and the citizens on scene with their assistance with these calls."