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Frank & Jimmie’s shares secrets to ‘Stayin’ Alive’ February 24, 2016

Early on a recent Saturday morning, the sounds of rhythmic compressions could be heard emanating from Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller Shop in Fort Lauderdale, and disco too!

But these were not the usual sounds of metal on metal during the propeller repair and reconditioning process; they were the sounds of manual compressions on CPR Manikins to the beat of The Bee Gees’ 1978 Billboard Number One Hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Kurt Holoboff, a fireman/paramedic, who along with his sister Nicole, provides CPR training through their company Strong Hearts CPR, said, “‘Staying Alive’ provides the perfect 100 beats-per-minute rhythm for proper chest compressions.  Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ works equally well, and everyone knows both tunes.”

Nineteen Frank & Jimmie’s employees and their family members participated in paid first aid, CPR and  automatic external defibrillator (AED) training as part of Frank & Jimmie’s 2016 Health and Safety Initiative.  “Improving workplace safety and health and providing a safe working environment for our employees is our number one priority in 2016,” said Frank & Jimmie’s President & COO Don MacRae. “We’re working with consultants from University of South Florida’s SafetyFlorida, whose mission of keeping workers safe and small businesses profitable is aligned with our core values and principles. As part of that effort, we’re undertaking a complete review of our OSHA programs and safety practices with the goal of obtaining the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification this year.”

The participants – fueled by plenty of coffee, bagels, scrambled eggs and doughnuts – trained all morning learning hands-only CPR for adults, children and infants, proper use of an AED and first aid for many situations including stroke, shock, seizures, bleeding, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, dislocation and fractures, and burns.

“With over 50% of our workforce trained in first aid, CPR and AED use, in the unlikely event of an emergency chances are the guys working alongside the victim can provide an immediate response,” said MacRae.  “When you consider the reach and involvement of our employees in their neighborhoods and communities, the training we’re providing could have a tremendous lifesaving impact far beyond our shop in Fort Lauderdale. That’s the difference we want to make.”

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