Heartsafe Communities

Improving Community Survival

Improving cardiac arrest survival is a communal effort. Bystanders must be trained and ready to act. And when an emergency call is made, a coordinated system that includes EMS, fire departments and first responder agencies should work together to help increase the likelihood of neurologically intact survival.

That’s why community-wide programs like HEARTSafe Communities are so important. This public health initiative has one goal: to help more people survive cardiac arrest.


Well over 600 local HEARTSafe communities now exist

How Do We Get There?

Our HEARTSafe Communities program is designed to create communities of heroes and survivors by improving action and response to cardiac arrest through training, preparation and response protocols.

The program includes criteria that supports the cardiac arrest “chain of survival,” then encourages a participating community to put that chain of survival into action. Activities that support a chain of survival can include:

  • Widespread CPR instruction
  • Public access defibrillators
  • Aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals

When individual communities meet the HEARTSafe designation, they receive signage that they can post throughout the community. Since the first HEARTSafe community was recognized in Massachusetts in 2002, the program has now grown to include multiple states, college campuses, and several countries worldwide.

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The Citizen CPR Foundation is partnering with a team of cross-disciplinary experts to establish guidelines that will help strengthen the chain of survival. These steps and protocols will create a clear set of checkpoints for cities, businesses, schools – any type of community – to follow that will improve the chance of citizen survival in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

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“I remember saying to my golf buddies after saving the man’s life that you better hope and pray if you ever go down … that you are around someone who knows CPR.”