Newbie wondering about FF's vs Medics as CPR Instructors
Hello from Vancouver.
My name is Dwight and I have some newbie questions related to deploying AEDs in high-rises, in particular who could or should be doing the follow-up CPR/AED teaching. The idea is to bring defibs into closer proximity to people that EMS crews can have difficulty accessing.
I'm trying to get up to speed on what percentage of professional firefighters you would estimate are qualified to teach CPR to the public. I'd also like to understand if paramedics do this. Finally, what is your take on the politics of FF's vs Medics in this?
My personal theory of smart AED placement is that they should be centered around elevators (for high rises), not in a lunchroom somewhere or in a security guard's desk etc. that few would know about in an emergency. Accordingly, people with fire keys come to mind when I think of elevators, but EMS authorities may feel that such education would best be left to paramedics or specialist CPR instructors. This would be as follow-up to AED installations in the bigger buildings.
I would much appreciate it if someone could separate out the actual issues for me, with some advice on the division of labor, as it were.