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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Brentwood Announces Flat Firefighter Contest, CPR Fridays in February, and QR Codes


From:             Fire Chief Brian Goss                         
Date:              January 31, 2013
Subject:          Press Release:  Lookout for Flat Firefighter Sam!

Brentwood Announces Flat Firefighter Contest, CPR Fridays in February, and QR Codes
Flat Stanley, make way for Flat Firefighter Sam!  Brentwood residents will soon notice a visitor in a few public places around town.  In an effort to increase public awareness about a variety of safety related issues, Flat Firefighters will appear holding safety messages.  The firefighters will enable the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department to present a number of seasonal messages in an attention grabbing way.
To kick off the Flat Firefighter project, the department is announcing a new contest. The first person (young, 50 forward, or somewhere in-between) to correctly identify the location of every Flat Firefighter will win a ride on board a fire truck.  When you find all five (5) of the Flat Firefighters send the list of locations, along with your contact information to  Fire department members and their families are not eligible to participate and have been pinky sworn to secrecy.
Along with the introduction of the flat firefighters, scan codes called QRs will be introduced.  The codes can be scanned by smart phones or tablets and are a new way to present important information and safety messages to the public.  You will soon see these codes appearing on department vehicles and literature.
The first public education effort to employ this new technology is the Free Friday February CPR courses.  CPR is an essential skill that every adult should know, and now it is easy to receive training.
Recently the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of people that are surviving cardiac arrests.  This is due to three primary factors; new hypothermic protocols, increased public access to Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED’s), and initiation of bystander CPR.  With the help of citizens, the department hopes to see this trend continue.
CPR is not difficult or time consuming to learn. In the month of February, the Brentwood Fire Department is offering free CPR classes on Fridays to the public at the Brentwood Library starting at 6:30 p.m. Each class lasts approximately 2 ½ hours and offers training on infant, child, and adult CPR. For adults, participants will be taught both ‘traditional’ and hands only CPR.
Only one Friday is required to learn these lifesaving skills. For more information or to sign up, contact firefighter Scott Barnes at or call 371-2200 ext. 4523.
If you have a safety related question, or know of an important safety issue that you would like to be featured, please contact Firefighter Katherine Williams at