City of Austin to Teach Hands-Only CPR

Release Date: Apr. 23, 2013
Contact: Patricia Fraga 512-974-2969 [Reprinted from the City of Austin]

Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced today a Cities of Service initiative in Austin that will arm thousands of people with lifesaving skills in Hands-Only CPR.

In partnership with The American Heart Association, WellPoint Foundation, and Cities of Service, Austin was one of five cities that was awarded a $20,000 grant which supplied the City with 1,000 CPR Anytime kits.

This CPR grant will allow Austin to increase the number of persons trained and willing to give Hands-Only CPR. Volunteer CPR is a high-impact service strategy in which the Mayor’s Office, through partnerships with local medical professionals or emergency responders, encourages community members and organizations to learn and train others in the lifesaving Hands-Only CPR technique.

The CPR Anytime kits are flexible and easy to use. The Mayor and City of Austin invite the community to help save lives by learning CPR, be prepared to act in an emergency by obtaining a kit, and to train at least 10 others with the kit.

“It’s our vision to have 500,000 or more in our community trained in CPR,” Mayor Leffingwell said. “This grant will not only help us realize this goal but will also be an added tool in our tool box to help save the life of a family member, friend, coworker, neighbor or other community member.”

Each year in Austin and Travis County, approximately 600 people experience cardiac arrest and are treated by Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services. In 2012, despite only 42 percent receiving bystander CPR, 79 lives were saved.

The grant allows Austin to increase and extend opportunities for the community to get trained on lifesaving CPR. The Austin program was developed in part by Americorps/VISTA volunteers serving with the Mayor’s Office and Take Heart Austin and staff from the Office of the Medical Director, Austin Fire Department and Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

The program complements the City’s Take Heart Austin/Take 10 program and the CPR Anytime kits can be obtained by calling (512) 978-0060, (512) 978-0022 or sending an email to

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