PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth has become only the eighth municipality in the state, and the first on Aquidneck Island, to earn the “HEARTSafe Community” designation. The Fire Department received notification of the recognition from the state Department of Health last week.
HEARTSafe, a collaboration between the Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the Providence affiliate of the American Heart Association, is a public health initiative intended to help more people survive after sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
The town earned the designation by training community members in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increasing the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDS) in town.
Besides the Fire Department, AEDs are now located in all public schools, at Town Hall, the senior center, the Police Department, the library, the Department of Public Works, the Portsmouth Water and Fire District office and Sandy Point Beach.
At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, firefighter Dominic Lautieri was recognized with a proclamation for spearheading and administering the program, which has the goal of saving lives through a “chain of survival:”
• Immediate recognition of emergency and notification of emergency services.
• Immediate bystander CPR
• Early use of an AED
• Rapid response from s (EMS) emergency medical service professionals
• Proper post-cardiac arrest care from EMS and local hospitals
Also Monday night, the council held a swearing-in ceremony for four firefighters who were recently promoted.
Promoted to the rank of firefighter, first class, were Ismael Biurrun and Joshua J. Berube.
Promoted to firefighter, second class, were Conor J. O’Neill and Robert D. Maglione.