This past summer, the Huntington Beach Fire Department (HBFD) organized a “Hands Only CPR Contest” geared for the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard Program (HBJLP). Marine Safety Ocean Lifeguard Instructors taught Junior Lifeguards hands only CPR as part of this summer’s program. The children were challenged to spread their awareness and teach their family and friends. The skill takes only 10 minutes to learn and 10 minutes to teach. Through the campaign, more than 1,550 people were taught hands only CPR.
On Wednesday, September 21, HBFD celebrated the contest winners who were selected for teaching the largest number of people hands only CPR. At the Marine Safety Training Center, the top five winners received honors for their selfless investment and exceptional effort. Fire Chief Scott Haberle mentioned that with new research and studies, CPR done without breaths and with correctly-performed chest compressions, can help save a life.
Battalion Chief Jeff Lopez, who is at the forefront of the campaign, along with Chief Haberle, presented an award and challenge coin to each winner.
The top five winners of the Hands Only Contest are:
- Katie Andelin
- Charlotte Cianciarulo
- Alia Pasternak
- Yui Rogaski
- Liam Timmermans, who took the challenge to another level, teaching a whopping 115 people.
Congratulations to all who participated in the challenge and thank you for your life saving skills efforts!