I hope this finds you all well and safe. What an absolutely bizarre time in history. I know at my house it’s hectic and hard with blips of joy and appreciation for the extra time with my kids.
As city councils and public hearings are not currently happening- our issues have not moved drastically in the last month. However, I did want to provide some information on what has transpired so far this year.
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Did you know that 911 Dispatchers may not know how to instruct someone to perform CPR? It seems like that would be a normal training/service- but it isn’t. I’ve been working with the Dept of Justice and Association of Public Communications Officers (APCO) to change this. Last month I presented at 2 Public Officers Safety Training (POST) committees and the full POST Council to push for an Administrative Rule that would change that. It was well received and will go to a full hearing within the next month or two! Essentially it will make it required that all 911 Dispatchers take a (free/online/best practice) training that teaches them how to provide telephone CPR.
We have requested the support of The Firefighters Association and the Montana EMS Association and have learned that they will be joining us in this effort.
If you would want to attend the public hearing on this- let us know – email me at Amanda.Cahill@heart.org. The hearing will be in Helena, sometime in the next 3 months but I’ll let you know when we have a firm date.
The Fight Against Tobacco:
We are also gearing up for some in-depth anti-tobacco work across Montana. I look forward to writing more about this effort as it shapes up!
Thank you for being part of our You’re the Cure Advocacy network. If you would like to be involved with any of these issues or have questions- please reach out!