‘Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service’

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff members will don aprons and flip pancakes Saturday.

A free pancake breakfast for the community marks the beginning of the 34th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue will celebrate EMS Week with an open house and pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Station 51 on Northwest Silverdale Way.

“By opening our doors to the community, we want to share with folks that we’re here for their well-being,” said CKFR spokeswoman Theresa MacLennan.

The theme for the 2007 national EMS Week is “Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service.” Emergency medical personnel will be recognized alongside community members. CKFR will recognize and honor Central Kitsap community members who have helped save lives by using CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“We know that CPR can save lives,” MacLennan said. “It gets the heart pumping and oxygen into the body.”

Community members whose lives were saved through the use of CPR or with an AED are welcome to share their stories and give thanks to the firefighters and community members who saved their lives.

“Survivors can meet the firefighters who were there and have the opportunity to thank them,” MacLennan said. “They have the opportunity to let other people know how important CPR is.”

Information about signs and symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest will be available at the pancake breakfast, along with other information.

“People should take those symptoms seriously and get involved in CPR,” MacLennan said.

CKFR offers free CPR classes to the community. Information about classes will be available at the pancake breakfast and on the CKFR Web Site,

The first 200 adults at the pancake breakfast will be given free key ring CPR masks.

“The impetus behind this push is to expand the number of people in the community who are trained to provide CPR at a moment’s notice,” MacLennan said. “We know that the sooner a cardiac arrest victim receives CPR and defibrillation, the better their chance of survival.”

Pancake breakfast sponsors include CKFR, Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County IAFF Local 2819, CKFR’s Firefighter’s Association and the CK Medic One Foundation.

EMS Week pancake breakfast

Saturday, May 19

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CKFR Fire Station 51

10955 Silverdale Way NW

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