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July 20, 2011 (San Diego)-- Council Member Marti Emerald is partnering with Rural/Metro Ambulance, the city of San Diego’s ambulance provider, to launch Neighborhood Beat, a city-wide community CPR training program. 


Emerald announced the program after San Diego Medical Director Dr. James Dunford made a presentation at a recent Public Safety and Neighborhood Services (PS&NS) committee meeting about “hot spots” in the city of San Diego where bystanders were not performing CPR on cardiac arrest patients.



“As the San Diego City Council Chair of PS&NS, this information was of concern, and I wanted to bring awareness to the issue and provide a solution to keep our citizens safe,” said Emerald.


The City is partnering with Rural/Metro Ambulance to host free community CPR trainings throughout the city of San Diego in the coming months to educate members of the community about CPR. The first CPR training event will be held at the SDSU Jayne Goodall Alumni Center on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The training will entail half-hour sessions of proper chest compression procedures, as well as how to properly utilize an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).


“We are thrilled that Council Member Emerald approached us to help with the Neighborhood Beat outreach program, and look forward to educating the citizens of San Diego about how they can best assist our paramedics and EMTs to save lives,” said Rural/Metro Ambulance Director of Public Affairs Michael Simonsen.


Rural/Metro Ambulance serves San Diego with 80 ambulances, more than 550 employees and responds to more than 100,000 calls per year. Rural/Metro is the San Diego County’s largest ambulance provider, and has served the city of San Diego since 1997. The company provides ambulance and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 440 communities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at

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