LIMA, Ohio - Who knew that the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive would turn into more than just a simple song that had everyone movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor?
Decades after the group released the No. 1 hit, the song is being used by the American Heart Association as a way to assist anyone who might be in a situation of administering CPR. Recently, Lima Engine Plant (LEP) safety representatives heard a presentation from ERT Coordinator Mike Copeland and Bath Township Fire Chief Joe Kitchen on a new LEP campaign called “Save a Life 2013.”
Partnering with the local fire department, Lima’s ERT team is using the campaign to bring a heightened awareness to LEP employees on basic CPR measures. The song is used as a reference to alert people how fast to give chest compressions.
CPR has come a long way since it was first released as a way of providing assistance until emergency crews can respond. Recently, the American Heart Association updated the CPR practice by promoting “hands-only” CPR. While previous versions instructed a person to alternate between chest compressions and blowing oxygen into a person’s mouth, the new version calls for chest compressions only.
Speaking to LEP safety representatives, Chief Kitchen offered his thanks to Ford, as well as the LEP ERT team, for going above and beyond in providing the equipment and training needed in case of emergencies at the plant.
“We’re going to respond within two to three minutes, and your ERT will be activated immediately through plant procedures,” Kitchen said. “But this program will actually fill in the 30 seconds to a minute between the time of an emergency happening and getting the right people on the scene,” said Kitchen.
He also stressed that the program is not meant to provide skills to people who have no interest in ERT activities, but to simply provide a heightened awareness about what to do in case of emergency.
“We’ve talked to people who say ‘hey, we like what the ERT is doing, but I don’t want to be a part of it.’ And that’s fine. We’re just looking to provide people a heightened sense of awareness about what to do and where equipment is located within the plant,” noted Kitchen.
Copeland agreed, and shared that information would be disseminated in meetings that are already taking place in the plant.
“We’re not looking to take time out of someone’s day. We’re just going to utilize what’s already in place, and take ten minutes to provide information that could in fact save someone’s life,” Copeland said adding that the goal of the campaign is to reach everyone who works in the plant by the July shut-down.
Copeland also highlighted the importance of the partnership between the ERT and the Bath Township Fire Department, which has grown tremendously over the last five years. The local fire department is at LEP two to three times per month providing valuable instruction and training to ERT members.
“And this isn’t training where they stick in a 20-year-old video and everyone is sitting there with their head down,” Copeland said. “Every training we do is meaningful and value-added.”
Overall, Kitchen praised the ERT team for its dedication and thanked Ford and the local UAW for its commitment to safety within the plant.
“I work with ERT teams at many of our industries, but I can tell you that what Ford is doing is night and day compared to what everyone else is doing,” Kitchen said. “You should all take a lot of pride in that, and I sincerely thank Ford and the UAW for all the support.”
Further information on the campaign will be distributed as it becomes available.