Local Lifesavers is an organization that trains people to apply lifesaving skills in the event of an emergency.
Our vision is for people to participate and strengthen their community’s chain of survival.
Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and call 911
Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
Rapid defibrillation using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
Early Advanced Care
Effective advanced life support
Our mission is to build community and empower people to save lives.
BOLT (Basic Ongoing Lifesaving Training) is a free hands-on 90-minute training in basic lifesaving skills.
Learn how to assess an emergency situation to make sure if the scene is safe or not safe.
Learn how to provide hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone's heartbeat has stopped.
Practice using an automated external defibrillator (AED) that automatically diagnoses and treats life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias through the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
Treat Allergic Reactions
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition. Learn how to use an emergency epinephrine (EpiPen®).
Practice abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) on a person showing signs of choking.
Learn and practice the steps for controlling life-treatening bleeding by appling tourniquets.
Lowell High School
San Francisco City Hall
Academy of Arts and Sciences
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
George Washington High School
Lowell High School
San Francisco City Hall
415 543 1161
657 Mission Street, Ste 302, San Francisco, CA 94105
In fine print read, “All City and County employees are designated by both State and City law as Disaster Service Workers.”
A wave of anxiety washed over me, since I knew absolutely nothing about being a disaster service worker. Needing clarification, I asked my manager a question. “What am I expected to do as a Disaster Service Worker?”
“Hand out blankets,” she replied.
It was March 2011. The same week Japan was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami with 30 foot waves that damaged several nuclear reactors. I wanted to do more than just hand out a blanket.
Over the next few months, I researched programs that could provide me with the right training. There were several great options, but many either cost too much or required a huge time commitment. I began asking others for ideas. Through those conversations, I discovered that we were looking for the same thing — a quick and hands-on approach that covers the basics.
It became clear that there was a need for a basic lifesaving training led by a team of local first responders from within the community.
Since starting, we have trained more than 600 people, most of whom are students and faculty.
In the process, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned that many people are reluctant to provide help because of fear of performing the skills incorrectly, which might be harmful to the victim. We’ve learned that if you remove that fear and empower people to participate they will strengthen their community’s chain of survival in the event of an emergency.
We are passionate individuals, committed to building community. We fundamentally believe in empowering people to save lives.
Jane Smith is an EMS expert with 24 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including Public Health, Education, the Fire Service and Nonprofit business. She has worked in all ranks up to and including EMS Department head where her responsibilities included QI/QA, education and training, strategic planning and budget management. She has taught for 10 years as a tenured teacher with the Community College. As an entrepreneur, she has worked with a number of other professionals to lead a nonprofit community base Paramedic organization to become a premier educational institution and provide a voice for EMS throughout the State.
Jane is a national registered paramedic, Commissioner for the EMS Authority and pod advisor for Center for the Health Professions. She is a faculty member for American Heart Association, and guest speaker for local and national conferences and has memberships with many professionals associations. Jane currently is the CEO for the San Francisco Paramedic Association.
Jane has a MA in Education and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
Michael Creedon recently retired as a Firefighter/Paramedic after thirty years of service with the San Francisco Fire Department. He organized the formation of the San Francisco Firefighter Paramedic Association to facilitate expansion of the SFFD fleet with ALS (Advanced Life Support) Engines and additional ambulances. Michael chose to cross train as both a firefighter and paramedic because he understood the importance of quick ALS response in critical emergencies, and knew that this combination of skills would be of great value to the residents of San Francisco.
Michael has lived in San Francisco since 1974, and earned degrees at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. He has taught CPR for many years, as well as being an instructor for ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). Michael also volunteers with many community organizations, including the San Francisco Department of Health’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program.
Daniel D. Mullens was born and raised in San Francisco. He knew from the tender age of seven that he wanted to work in the health care field. As a teenager Daniel was very active in community outreach, volunteering locally in convalescent homes and internationally in Thailand, working on a project that included teaching English and helping to beautify local temples. In his senior year of high school, Daniel enrolled in the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training program. He completed his certification in two years and immediately began working as an EMT in the private sector.
Daniel attended Paramedic School at City College of San Francisco and was the first in his class to become licensed. He now works as a paramedic with American Medical Response (AMR). While receiving his education, Daniel continued his community work, volunteering at Galileo High School’s EMT program to help other young people empower their lives. In 2010, Daniel became the youngest person to ever win the EMS Community Service Award. He and his wife, Laura, live in Daly City and are expecting their first child in January 2012.