The Eastern Pennsylvania office has had a developing presence since
January 2008, working with local leaders across the state.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter stands behind the guiding principal
that prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest will reduce the occurrence of
SCA in general.
This chapter, while led by developing members of several paramedic
services, will be steered by a broader association of members.
When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, CPR isn't always enough to save someone's life. Oftentimes it is an AED that is the greatest deciding factor between life and death.
The Manheim Township Ambulance Association, an extension of SCAA's Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, is working hard to make sure that the ratio of AEDs to people is at a sufficient level to ensure the safety of local citizens. They are currently working on federal grant to get 300 more AEDs in Lancaster County.
In a recent news story on WGAL, a local NBC affiliate, chapter leader James Weber discussed his goal of making AEDs as common as fire extinguishers. To view the complete news story that aired on News 8, CLICK HERE.
The organization on Monday plans to apply for a $540,000 grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the Heart Safe initiative.
Through Heart Safe, the association expects to begin placing 299 automated external defibrillators in common gathering places - such as workout gyms and shopping centers - and in municipal police cars across Lancaster County in 2010.
In addition, during the three-year grant period, the association plans to provide public training sessions on how to use the defibrillators, teach CPR classes and conduct health screenings to let people know if they are at risk for heart problems.