The Regional Transportation District presented the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming with the first RTD Community Partnership Award on Tuesday night at the monthly RTD Board of Directors meeting.
Through the partnership with the Red Cross, RTD installed 30 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in 17 locations around the RTD district, including Market Street Station, Civic Center Station, the Boulder Transit Center, and shortly, Union Station.
The AEDs are easy-to-use devices that can deliver a heart-starting shock to someone suffering sudden cardiac arrest and can make the difference between life and death. The Red Cross provided the AEDs at no cost to RTD through a grant aimed at improving sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in the City and County of Denver.
The Red Cross also provided training for RTD employees on the proper techniques of performing CPR as well as how to use the AEDs in case of an emergency. In 2013, over 200 employees attended trainings, which RTD plans to continue to provide in 2014.
Through the Community Partnership Award, RTD recognizes and supports the work of outstanding community organizations that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating a relationship with RTD to work together as equal partners to build a partnership devoted to the public good.
“Our relationships throughout the community are important to us, which is why we’re proud to recognize one of our outstanding community partners for the first time with the Community Partnership Award.” said Phil Washington, RTD General Manager. “
A small plaque recognizing the RTD and Red Cross partnership will be installed next to each of the defibrillators around the district.
The training and AEDs are part of a larger effort by the two organizations to improve preparedness in the community, ranging from everyday emergencies like heart attacks to wide-scale emergencies like natural disasters. RTD also participated in the Red Cross Ready Rating program, which helps businesses and organizations assess and improve their level of preparedness.