From left, Firefighter Molly Hillman, Firefighter-EMT Jeremy Ogden, Capt. John Sanders and Assistant Chief John Lennon of the Bar Harbor Fire Department pose with a certificate awarded to them for the department’s efforts to improve survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SAMUEL SHEPHERD

Bar Harbor named a HeartSafe Community

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Fire Department has been recognized by a state organization for its ongoing efforts to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.

On May 23, the department received a certification presented by the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council and Maine Emergency Medical Services, certifying Bar Harbor as a HeartSafe Community.

The HeartSafe Community program recognizes Maine cities and towns that offer CPR and other cardiovascular-related education to their community, have emergency vehicles and many buildings equipped with automated external defibrillators and have advanced cardiac life support staff ready as first responders.

“We have a number of paramedics here on staff to start that [cardiovascular or stroke] treatment in the field,” Assistant Chief John Lennon said.

The department teams with Mount Desert Hospital, community groups and senior living facilities to give free CPR lessons and other outreach programs, like Stop the Bleed, Lennon said.

The department has been working for several years to promote cardiovascular health and educate the public on AED use and other measures, Lennon said.

“This just kind of brought it all in,” he said. “We’re always reviewing our responses and what we can do better.”



Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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