By Nina Crowder
San Manuel Miner
The free CPR class held by Pinal Rural Fire Rescue was a little disappointing with a lack of attendees. This wonderful free service is worth attending people never know when learning CPR could save a life or the life of a loved one.
After someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she can survive for only four to six minutes before a lack of oxygen results in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved ones, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brain. Approximately 70 percent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated the greater the chance of survival. The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR was performed early enough.
Bud Paine said, “We no longer teach the respiration except with babies, you don’t have to remember 30 compressions two breaths, you just get in there and start doing compressions 100 times a minute, hard and fast, this is the new regulations per the Heart Association guidelines for adults.” Of course this is after 911 is called, so that professional help is on the way. Bud said, “There is already oxygenated blood in the body, circulating the compressions also cause air exchange in the body.” For children the compression and breaths are part of the CPR process.
The Pinal Rural Fire Rescue covers to the south edge of Mammoth, they don’t cover the city of Mammoth. The coverage area picks up at the north edge of Mammoth and goes to Highway 77 mile marker 121, the also cover Aravaipa Canyon. They will go anywhere they are needed and want the public know that they are here to help, the people come first. They do have a subscription fee of $100 a year. When people pay that, there are no charges for fire. The emergency medical services are provided at no charge, whether you are a subscriber or not.
Deanna Paine also provides the emergency pendants, home alone, and safe alone. Jerry Ham of San Manuel has trained Deanna. Deanna said she feels this is a wonderful tool especially for the elderly who live alone and it is free provided by Pinal County. “Recently they had a lady that had fallen and didn’t have a home alone emergency pendant. The woman actually spent the night outside with her dog to keep her warm. She was able to crawl to her phone the next day to call for help,” said Deanna. “This could have easily been prevented if she had a home alone emergency pendant.”
Some of the calls the Pinal Rural Fire Rescue attend are traffic accidents. Some involved several vehicles, some involve alcohol and there are major and minor injuries. Other calls have involved people who have had strokes, falls and there have even been calls where the people could not be revived upon arrival. Deanna Paine was a practicing registered nurse for around seven years and really enjoys the Pinal Rural Fire Rescue because of the urgency of the people. She truly enjoys helping people.
Pinal Rural Fire and Rescue is a non-profit all hazard fire, rescue, EMS department that is 100 percent volunteer. They are located on Highway 77 in southeastern Pinal County. Chief Bud Paine is a nationally registered paramedic, toxicology medic, and fire and arson investigator. Bud is actively seeking grants to help implement and educate the community as he continues to safeguard lives and properties in the area.
If interested in obtaining information about Pinal Rural Fire Rescue please feel free to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-465-3393. The next FREE CPR class will be held at the Mammoth Elementary Library on Nov. 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone and everyone can learn CPR. Bud would like to thank Larry Ramirez and MSM Community Schools for the donation of the building to hold the free CPR classes.