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Heart Safe Brooklyn Center
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Brandon Gautch
Fire Inspector/Public Education

Josh Whittenburg
Police Officer



In 2017, the City of Brooklyn Center was designated a Heart Safe Community.

Brooklyn Center Fire and Police Departments continue working together to maintain this designation. One of the highlights of the program was helping Brooklyn Center High School become a Heart Safe Campus: BCHS HeartSafe Video.

We continue to work towards more AED’s placed in Schools, Restaurants, and Businesses throughout the City. We also provide “Hands Only” CPR Training to the Citizens and Employees of the Schools and Businesses of Brooklyn Center.

• Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the #1 killer in America – 400,000
• #1 killer in the workplace
• 65% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest occur at home
• 95% Mortality Rate
• 97% of people will die while waiting for Police/Fire/Ambulance assistance
• “Hands Only” CPR and AED in the first 2 minutes can increase the chances of survival up 85%

If you are a Brooklyn Center Resident, Business, or Community Organization that would like to be Heart Safe by training your staff in CPR and AED use, complete this form: Brooklyn Center Heart Safe Inquiry

Bystander CPR & Training Steps

A. HEART ATTACK SIGNS & SYMPTOMS (Conscious) 
    1. Chest pain/pressure, back, neck & jaw pain 
    2. Short of breath 
    3. Fatigue 
    4. Diaphoresis 
    5. Other 

    TREATMENT 
    1. Call 911 
    2. Place victim in position of comfort 
    3. Keep victim calm 
    4. Bring AED to victim’s side

B. SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (SCA) SIGNS, NON VERBAL 
    1. Victim not responding to touch or command 
    2. Not normal breathing (agonal respirations) 

    TREATMENT 
    1. Call 911, obtain AED & get assistance 
    2. Start chest compressions (with o2 if available) 
    3. AED--power on, follow voice prompts (apply electrodes immediately) 
    4. Continue to follow the AED voice prompts of CPR 
    5. At any time if victim regains consciousness, starts to move or has combative behavior, these are signs of resuscitation--stop CPR, leave AED connected 

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS 
    1. Shave a hairy chest 
    2. Stop performing CPR if you experience signs/symptoms of: weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, etc. 

C. CHOKING 
    1. Conscious - Heimlich maneuver 
    2. Unconscious - chest compressions

More on the Minnesota Heart Safe Communities Project.