WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is kicking off its fundraising campaign.
The message of this year’s campaign is "shortening that critical period between the onset of symptoms and initial treatment is essential." The medical service holds free first-aid courses, as well as instruction in the new “hands-only” CPR (no more mouth-to-mouth breathing) at its headquarters in the Westport Police Station.
"Just a few minutes can make the difference between life and death," representatives said in a press release. "To underscore this message WVEMS is kicking off its annual campaign this week with a town-wide mailing that headlines F.A.S.T. diagnosis and includes an emergency medical data card for every household."
WVEMS President Martin Iselin asked that everyone be aware of basic stroke symptoms.
“Think F.A.S.T. Be a good neighbor. F.A.S.T. saves lives – perhaps of a family member or friend,” Iselin said. “Knowing when to call 911, how to give help, and what information to provide is key to improving survival. If this campaign raises awareness of that one fact, it will make a huge contribution to Westport wellness."
Iselin noted that the donations are tax-deductible and help keep WVEMS at the front of emergency service preparedness.
“And important as the service is, it receives no tax dollars," he said. "WVEMS depends 100 percent on community donations to fund everything from tongue depressors to ambulances, from life-support equipment to advanced life support training.”
Call 203-341-6030 for information and the schedule of classes.
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