National CPR & AED Awareness Week

The Albuquerque Fire Department is joining forces with the American Heart Association in celebrating National CPR & AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2015. Our focus continues to be on Hands-Only™ CPR and how two simple steps (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, can help to increase cardiac arrest survival rates.

One of AHA's goals is to double the number of bystanders who know CPR by 2020, and Hands-Only CPR allows us to teach the quick lifesaving training to the general public without requiring a full AHA course.


According to the American Heart Association, 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest do not survive. CPR or Hands-Only CPR, performed immediately, can double or triple the victim’s chance of survival. Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR, or fear a negative outcome. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, it will most likely be on someone you love so learn at a minimum Hands-Only CPR. It could mean the difference between life and death.


“As part of Mayor Berry’s CPR training initiative, Albuquerque Fire Department personnel have trained over 7,000 citizens and visitors,” said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey. ”Our goal is to train all Albuquerque city employees and as many citizens as possible so more lives can be saved with bystander CPR.”


Hands- Only CPR Trainings are free and held monthly in Albuquerque. For a list of upcoming trainings, go to Another great opportunity to learn Hands Only CPR is at the Annual NM Project Heart Start Hands Only CPR training scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015. This mass training is being held in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Los Lunas. For more information on this FREE training, go to If you are a busy person and can’t attend training in person, take 60 seconds out of your day and watch this video at