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Save-A-Life Foundation "Pre-EMS White Paper" committee included Arne Duncan, Gery Chico, Rita Mullins, my father, Peter Safar, others (1/20/03)

Save-A-Life Foundation "Pre-EMS White Paper" committee included Arne Duncan, Gery Chico, Rita Mullins, my father, Peter Safar, others (1/20/03)

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SALF: Pre-EMS White PaperI. Overview
Due to the increased awareness of emergency preparedness, it is particularlyimportant for all citizens, especially elected officials to take part in President Bush’sinitiative in safeguarding our communities. That is why the Save A Life Foundation(SALF) has taken it upon itself to distribute a survey to over 1,500 mayors nationwide.The key areas of this survey dealt with “emergency preparedness” CommunityEmergency Response Teams (CERT), training costs, along with the possible integrationof Life Supporting First Aid (LSFA) within our drivers education system.The White Paper Committee consists of doctors, fire and rescue personnel,mayors and other political figures from around the country that participated in the survey.Each member provided his or her professional opinion on these important issues whichserve as a foundation in understanding; where we are, where we are going and where weneed to be in dealing with “emergency preparedness.”Section
II
and
III
of this White Paper disclose all of the statistical findings of our survey. We at SALF are overwhelmed with the response we received to the survey. It isan honor to present our findings, which will play a key role in the on-going developmentof tailoring community’s emergency response plans.
II. Data Response
 In
Section “A”
each survey has been documented and the opinions for eachquestion are represented in the following responses:
88% of responders feel that there is something lacking in the present daycourse or programs addressing Pre-EMS training.
80% of responders feel that federal and state agencies are best equipped tofund and implement a “citizen based” Pre-EMS department.
93% of responders feel that state representatives and senators shouldsupport legislation and initiatives that include Pre-EMS training.
 
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91% of responders feel that Pre-EMS trained citizens should coordinatewith CERT teams in municipalities across the U.S.
91% of responders feel that the community is the best way to promote pre-EMS participation.
90% of responders feel that the school’s role is to provide Pre-EMSeducation to its students, faculty members and ALL school related personnel.
79% of responders feel that schools should be designated “gathering points” for supplies and medical aid during disasters.
91% of responders feel that “Corporate America” has a responsibility to provide their employees with Pre-EMS training.
82% of responders feel that basic “emergency preparedness”accountability standards should be set for all communities with definedroles for all members of a community.
91% of responders feel that LSFA would be a good fit in the driverseducation programs here in the U.S. much like the way the driverseducation programs in Japan have done since 1995.
82% of responders feel that if LSFA was integrated into driver’s educationin the U.S., “refresher courses” should be incorporated into each licenserenewal.Based on the 11-question survey many conclusions can be drawn from the data received.These are the findings:
There is something lacking in the present day courses and programsregarding Pre-EMS that needs to be addressed.
Responders feel that federal and state agencies are best equipped to fundand implement a “citizen based” pre-EMS department while staterepresentatives and senators should support legislation and initiatives thatinclude Pre-EMS training.
Pre-EMS trained citizens should coordinate with CERT teams inmunicipalities across the U.S. in order to fine-tune their relationships.
The best way to promote Pre-EMS programs/participation is by havingactive participation from each community.
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The “schools” role should be to provide Pre-EMS education to its studentsfaculty members and all school related personnel, and LSFA needs to beintegrated into the driver’s education system.
III Written Response“Section B”
of the “White Paper” consists of three questions that coincide with
“Section A.”
However, “Section B” responses are written to provide a detailed summaryof possible solutions/resolutions that will help in determining standards for the issues thatsurround “emergency preparedness.”
50% of the responders feel that Pre-EMS training should not exceed$50.00 and that individual fees should vary for different demographicareas.
37% of the responders feel that the most effective promotional forms of legislation are as follows:a.Make it a requirement for all High School graduates to receive“emergency preparedness” and LSFA training. b.Make it a requirement that in order to receive a driver’s license,each person needs to receive “emergency preparedness” and LSFAtraining.c.State or federal legislation, i.e., tax incentive plans for thosecorporations/individuals trained in “emergency preparedness” andLSFA training.
65% of all responders feel that “Corporate America’s” role in thisinitiative is to provide free, in-house “emergency preparedness” and life-support training for all employees.Based on the handwritten questions in “Section B” of the survey our findings are asfollows:
Responders feel that Pre-EMS training should not exceed $50.00 and thatindividual fees should vary for different demographic areas.
Responders also feel that the most effective promotional forms of legislation are to make it a requirement for all High School graduates and potential drivers to receive “emergency preparedness” and LSFA trainingin order to receive their diploma or license.
A final form of legislation will deal with state and federal agencies, i.e.,tax incentive plans for those corporations/individuals trained in“emergency preparedness” and LSFA training.
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