Feb 26, 2013 11:34 AM by Ryan Haarer
TUCSON- Generally speaking the tourist destinations in Mexico are safe from drug wars and corruption and so far there have not been any travel warnings by the State Department in 2013. The concern for Rural/Metro is the public safety in Mexico when it comes to first aid.
"What we are finding in meetings with Mexico and some of the people in charge there is that they do have the systems in place but they are not as fast as what we have here. You don't see the automatic external defibrillator like you see in the United States," said Grant Cesarek with Rural/Metro.
But, this week safety response will improve. Rural/Metro is crossing the border to offer CPR training to hotel staff and first responders in preparation for a busy spring break season. The goal is to allow life saving techniques to begin as soon as a problem occurs instead of waiting for professionals.
"A majority of the training will be in Spanish. We've actually purchased a video from the American Heart Association that's Spanish speaking. We've been able to transfer over all of our AED trainers," said Cesarek.
Over a hundred people have already signed up. That means one hundred more people with the ability to save a life all over rocky point providing a little peace of mind for the international traveler.