Last season, the NFL world saw the value of CPR and AED training when Buffalo Bills athletic trainers and doctors saved the life of safety Damar Hamlin after suffering cardiac arrest during a game.
Months later, the entire Seahawks organization went through CPR and AED training, and on Thursday the team kicked off CPR and AED Awareness Week by announcing that 100 percent of the team's full-time front office staff across business, stadium and football operations are now CPR/AED certified.
So while there were fortunately no medical emergencies during Pete Carroll's press conference Thursday, he said to reporters with a smile, "If you have any issues, I can help you now. I'll be right there."
"As we saw last season with the medical efforts that saved Damar Hamlin on the field, CPR saves lives," Seahawks president Chuck Arnold said. "With Lumen Field welcoming more than two million guests each year, we felt it was important that all of our staff were trained with what to do in an emergency situation. Increasing the number of people in our community who are certified in CPR will make an impact at the most critical time, whether it's at an event at Lumen Field or at home with family. I'm proud that our staff came together to complete this training as a team and encourage others in our community to become certified as well."
As the Seahawks' official medical care provider, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health consulted on the team's training program, which included multiple training certification programs held for employees provided by King County's Medic One Foundation during May.
"It's just a statement of awareness and growth and understanding of how valuable it can be, for someone we know or for somebody we don't know," Carroll said after going through the certification process earlier in the week. "Going through the training, everybody would enjoy it. We've all seen it for so long, it's not so difficult that we can't comprehend it and make some sense of it and practice it so you have some confidence you might be able to help someone. I'm really proud of the organization for taking that step."
In addition to getting team employees certified, the Seahawks are also donating a total of $20,000 in NFL grant funding to a variety of local organizations, including a donation to Project 100, a new local fundraising initiative to equip public parks and areas of physical activity in Washington state with AEDs and Save Stations. The Seahawks are also hosting CPR/AED certification courses for Washington state high school football coaches as well as the Seahawks Flag Football RCX Gameday representatives. The team will also be partnering with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to purchase AEDs for each of the Seahawks Flag Football Fall League locations. The Seahawks Flag Football leagues are managed and operated by RCX Sports.
Seahawks staff participated in CPR and AED training in honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week and achieved 100% certification.