Telluride Fire Department: PSA Created to Save Lives

Telluride Fire Department: PSA Created to Save Lives

The project was the brainchild of the Chief Paramedic of the Telluride Fire Protection District, Emil Sante, who enlisted the help of writer-producer Susan Lilly and documentary filmmaker Ken Bailey.


The Telluride Fire Protection District produced a PSA (Public Service Announcement) about CPR and AEDs to arm our community and its visitors with this important, yet simple information to help save a life.

The PSA was released in January 2014 and has been playing at Telluride’s Nugget Theater before each film. Since it’s release, dozens of people, both children and adults, have offered positive feedback about attaining new knowledge.

Produced on a minimal budget with many volunteers ( as well as local filmmakers), this entertaining, short film walks viewers through what to do with an unresponsive patient with simple instructions outlined by local actor Ashley Boling.

The American Heart Association endorses the “Hands Only” CPR, that is to “push hard and fast” on the center of the chest to the beat of the song “Staying Alive.”

The PSA also educates the viewer to immediately get an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

AEDs are located in various public access locations around the town of Telluride, Mountain Village, Placerville, and Ophir and are designed for anyone to use by providing audible step-by-step instructions. AEDs are proven lifesaving devices.

To learn more about CPR and AEDs, go to telluride  

To download a free “app” showing where all of the AEDs are located in the region, visit your APP store and search for “Telluride AED Map.”

Now view the PSA:

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