Hands Only CPR - American Ambulance in the Community

May 21, 2019



Each year American Ambulance is proud to sponsor the Girls World Expo (GWE) event. The GWE provides local businesses and organizations the opportunity to positively impact girls between the ages of 11-18. It is designed to reinforce healthy body images, educate on nutrition & wellness, explore different career choices, and hear success stories of female leaders from all walks of life. American Ambulance's sponsorship pays for the admission for all the girls who attend, making it free for attendees.

Uniquely featured at the Expo is American Ambulance’s Hands Only CPR booth. 


 Instructor Savanna Kantarci teaching a young girl and her mother how to give steady compressions. 

Each year in the U.S. more than 350,000 people experience cardiac arrest, which means the heart stops beating. One of the most effective treatments for cardiac arrest is CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. By receiving CPR from family, a friend or a bystander, you can DOUBLE the chance of saving someone’s life. Hands Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR. The only difference being there's no mouth to mouth breathing in Hands only CPR. 


At this years Girls World Expo in March, our instructors taught Hands Only CPR to over 385 girls in less than 4 hours.


Instructors Chali Garcia and Savanna Kantarci teaching CPR.                                                         Education Specialist and CPR Instructor Whitney Rodriguez teaching CPR.


With a great interest in improving the health and well-being of the local communities we serve, American Ambulance makes it a priority to educate the public at local events, sharing the importance of Hands Only CPR, and, Reducing Distracted Driving. Regarding our Hands- Only CPR classes, Whitney Rodriguez, our Education Specialist shared, “We want to create a safe and friendly learning environment where we can teach people how to be prepared in an emergency situation.” 

Our instructors teach Hands Only CPR in two easy steps:

1)      Call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse

2)      Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. (Try to push to the rhythm of a song that has 100 beats per minute, like “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees or ‘Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira.


Knowing these two easy steps can make the ultimate difference in saving a life. It is our collective mission to improve the health and well-being of our community and we believe educating on emergency preparedness is a great way to do that.

Be on the lookout for our Hands Only CPR team at events like the Big Fresno Fair and local Farmer’s Markets. Our friendly instructors would be happy to teach you how to give CPR so you and your loved ones are prepared in the event of an emergency. You can also check out an instructional video at one of the links below.


Learn more: 

Watch Fresno State's Timeout teach us Hands- Only CPR!
Watch Ken Jeong's Hands- Only CPR Video!
Heart attack or cardiac arrest? How are they different?