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American Medical Response (AMR)

Serves Contra Costa County Residents

AMR Contra Costa (CoCo) County provides emergency medical transport service for Contra Costa County, Calif., area. AMR CoCo County employs approximately 350 paramedics and EMTs and handles on average 70,000 calls annually.

AMR CoCo County is CAAS accredited. With a sophisticated electronic pre-hospital care reporting data system, AMR CoCo County utilizes health care information to quickly respond to call volume demand and follow clinical trends in public education and continuing education. The operation, along with its partners in allied agencies, also develops creative prevention initiatives. Through analysis of more than 10 years of health care information, AMR CoCo County continues to evolve and serve the needs of the communities and patients it serves.

The operation offers many health initiative prevention and training programs including fall prevention, drowning prevention and rescue, CPR training, earthquake awareness, early stroke recognition, bicycle helmet safety and youth heart screening.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

CPR and First Aid Information

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and HeartSafe Community partners has trained 12,057 people in CPR since Jan. 1, 2012. For more information visit HeartSafe Community

American Health & Safety Training, (AHST) Inc.

Professional Training Center

American Health & Safety Training, (AHST) Inc. is a professional training center providing instruction and certification in CPR/First Aid/AED/Bloodborne Pathogens. Instructors are certified by American Health & Safety Training, Inc. and the American Heart Association. You will feel comfortable with their instructors, who are friendly, experienced emergency medical services personnel. With over 35 years of experience in health and safety instruction, they provide informative, engaging, and professional courses.

Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiologist

Full Cardiac Consultations

A full service pediatric cardiology practice, established by Dr. Andrew J. Maxwell, M.D. who has been on the DJF board for 5 years. He also leads our Youth Heart Screenings Project. Heart of the Valley Pediatric cares for hearts of children of all ages - from fetus to adult. In response to community interest in the availability of Young Athlete Screening, Dr. Maxwell has reduced cost screening to those interested in being provided by an experienced Pediatric Cardiologist.



The Chain of Survival: What is it?

It is taking precautions to lifesaving when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest.


  1. 1. Early Recognition
    WHEN WITNESSING an emergency event, make an immediate assessment of the situation, and act.
  2. 2. Early Access
    CONFIRM responsiveness and call 9-1-1 or onsite first responders. Follow the instructions of the emergency dispatcher.
  3. 3. Early CPR
    BEGIN cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.
  4. 4. Early Defibrillation
    BEGIN use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore the heartbeat into a normal rhythm.
  5. 5. Early Advanced Care
    ALLOW emergency medical services (EMS) responders to begin immediate advanced life support. This may include additional resuscitation and/or other life saving methods.
  6. 6. Early Follow-Up Care
    SEEK effective follow-up care after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

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