Streator Fire Chief Gary Bird believes he can triple the number of heart attack survivors in his city. He says just 5% of Streator heart attack sufferers who arrive via ambulance at a hospital survive. Bird plans to get them up to 15%.
Bird told the City Council last week, he wants to train 25% of the people in Streator to perform CPR. Then there’s a better chance that someone having a heart problem is in the company of someone who can help.