Committed Community Involvement
Working at the City of Springfield means being part of a team committed to working with the community. The people of our community are the only reason we are here. Therefore, we are committed to working with the community to provide ethical and responsible local government so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of living and working in Springfield.
A Workforce Trained to Save Lives
The Springfield Fire Department is leading an initiative to train City of Springfield employees on CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is an electronic device designed to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Many heart-related deaths occur each year outside of the hospital or emergency room due to the sudden loss of heart function or sudden cardiac death. It is estimated that up to 60% might have been saved if AEDs were immediately available.
Chances of survival from sudden cardiac death diminish by 7% to 10% for each minute without immediate CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation rarely succeeds.
The city met its 2012 goal of having 50% of employees either trained or signed up to train by the end of the year. The goal for 2013 is to get 100% of employees trained and to launch a community-wide program encouraging the use of AEDs and training for both CPR and AED use.