In July, 2014 the Town of Narragansett was designated a Heart Safe Community!
The HeartSafe Community distinction represents a coordinated effort by the town’s fire
department and emergency medical services, parks and recreation department, police
department, Schools, and community businesses that are committed to saving lives. The
HeartSafe Community Program is a cooperative initiative by the Rhode Island Department of
Health and the American Heart Association that will recognize local efforts to provide a strong
“chain of survival” for Rhode Island residents and visitors.
The goal of a HeartSafe Community is to make the community a safer place to live, work and
play by being prepared to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities associated with Sudden
Through a HeartSafe Community program, communities can strengthen what the American
Heart Association has called the "chain of survival" which has four basic links; (1) Early Access
- calling 911; (2) Early CPR - encouraging wide spread bystander CPR training to increase
immediate action; (3) Early Defibrillation - AEDs in public locations and individuals trained to use
them; (4) Early Advanced Care - the quick arrival of ALS Ambulance service to continue care.
Awarded at no cost to the town, will be a certificate of recognition, two (2) - HeartSafe road
signs and decals for the EMS vehicles. The designation will be effective for three (3) years –
expiring in July, 2017; at which time the town may reapply to maintain their HeartSafe status.