Nicholson Fire Chief Parker Vaile performs CPR on a dummy during the CPR Wars event on June 1.

CPR Wars at Taps raises awareness

A fun, team-oriented event at Taps on June 1 helped raise funds and awareness for CPR education in Golden.

A fun, team-oriented event at Taps on June 1 helped raise funds and awareness for CPR education in Golden.

The idea for the event formed when a doctor at the hospital bought a meter that can judge the rate, depth and recoil of  an individual’s CPR technique.

“It started with training the nurses and making sure that we are doing proper CPR,” said Lisa Vinge, a local nurse and one of the event’s organizers.

Often nurses aren’t the ones that perform CPR, however, as that task sometimes falls on ambulance and fire crews.

“I thought it would be a good idea for other people in the community to be using it, so that’s when Dr. Bruce McKnight came up with the idea for CPR Wars,” Vinge said.

“An unwitnessed cardiac event can turn out much better if people know about CPR and know to start it right away.”

Teams representing fire departments, nurses and doctors faced off in a tournament-style battle to see who could perform CPR the best.

A group called The Replacements, made up of an assortment of community members, ended up winning the event.

Funds raised from the event will go towards community CPR education.