The city of Dothan is proud to announce that it has been officially designated as the first HeartSafe Community in Alabama, with a proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey on April 30, 2024!  This prestigious recognition highlights Dothan’s commitment to enhancing the health and safety of its residents through comprehensive cardiovascular health initiatives and emergency preparedness.

Achieving the HeartSafe Community status is a significant milestone for Dothan, reflecting the collective efforts of local government, healthcare providers, and community organizations. The HeartSafe designation is awarded to communities that meet rigorous criteria, including widespread CPR training, the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places, and robust emergency response protocols.

Mayor Saliba expressed pride in the city’s achievement, stating, “This designation is a testament to our community’s dedication to health and safety. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that Dothan is equipped to provide immediate and effective care in the event of a cardiac emergency. Our goal is to save lives, and becoming a HeartSafe Community brings us one step closer to that mission.”

Key initiatives that contributed to Dothan’s HeartSafe designation include:

  • CPR Training: A citywide initiative that has trained thousands of residents, including students, employees, and community members, in lifesaving CPR techniques.
  • AED Accessibility: Strategic placement of AEDs in public areas, such as schools, parks, and government buildings, ensuring rapid access to defibrillation during emergencies.
  • Community Awareness: Ongoing public education campaigns to raise awareness about heart health, recognizing the signs of cardiac arrest, and the importance of immediate action.

The collaborative efforts of The Dothan Fire Department, Southeast Alabama EMS Council, Sourtheast Health, City of Dothan, and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce is what made this all possible.  

Dothan’s designation as a HeartSafe Community is not just an accolade but a commitment to ongoing efforts to improve public health and safety. The city will continue to expand its programs and resources to ensure that every resident has the knowledge and tools to respond effectively to cardiac emergencies.

For more information about the HeartSafe Community program and how you can get involved, please visit [Website] or contact [Contact Information].

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