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"Press the Chest" is a community-wide CPR event – held Saturday, June 29, at the Turnbull Florida State Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola St., from 10 a.m. until noon.
The free event was hosted in collaboration with the American Heart Association, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital Regional Medical Center, Florida Department of Health, Florida A&M University Student Health Services and Southeastern School of Health Sciences.
This is the third year of the community-focused training event. Approximately 400 participants registered for the successful “Press the Chest 2012”. Like last year, highly credentialed Leon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were on hand to teach new recommendations for the emergency-rescue procedure known as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Each participant of “Press the Chest 2013” received an American Heart Association “CPR Anytime” kit, which contains a CPR manikin, DVD and educational materials and supplies. These kits were for the participant to keep and to encourage them to train family and friends.
“Press the Chest 2013” serves as a public service event for Leon County EMS – an award-winning, full-service emergency medical service transport provider in Leon County. The County’s EMS has reached the highest standards for an ambulance service and ranks among the best performers in the industry. EMS has been recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which sets national standards. Chief Tom Quillin leads Leon County EMS and in 2011 was named the National EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.

Photos by: Victoria Connell
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