AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 361

CPR Training For 911 Dispatchers

Sponsored by Sen. Anna MacKinnon
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
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Sen. Anna MacKinnon R-G
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Sen. Anna MacKinnon

Chair, (H) FPY Com.
Ak Majority Organization

Ak Majority Organization

An Act requiring 911 dispatchers to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: March 8, 2010 : v26-LS1478\A
Status: (H) FIN : 2010-03-31

Currently in Alaska State Statute there is no provision requiring 911 dispatchers to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Most people are told that during an emergency you should call 911 immediately and someone will be able to help you. In the event that the caller does not know how to perform CPR, is unsure or panicking during the 911 call the operator should be able to not only calm the person down, but also be able to walk the caller through the process while help is on the way.

Most of the 911 dispatchers in the state are certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) which covers CPR. But for those remote regions in the state that don't have certified EMDs or dispatchers trained in CPR the passage of this bill may ultimately save lives.

Thank you for your consideration and I urge your support on the passage of legislation.

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