The Chattanooga Fire Academy Class of 2013 proudly presents their music video — Stayin Alive! Image

And you thought that sexy men and women in uniform doing coordinated dance moves on their graduation day only happened in Movies like “Stripes”.  Nope! One of the graduation requirements of the Chattanooga Fire Department is to produce a music video for the public, and the 2013 class chose to do theirs to ‘Stayin Alive’ while teaching about CPR.

Picture it, a person is sitting on park bench, minding his own business, ready to cash in his Intertops Casino no deposit bonus on his favorite casino site, and something happens and he needs CPR.  Watch the Chatanooga Fire Academy 2013 Stayin Alive video and find out:

Some of these music videos are pure fun, like the Music Video Thriller produced by the 2011 graduating class.

Some parts are educational about training is required to become a firefighter.  

And in others, like the Music video produced by the 2013 graduating class, what the video teaches can actually save lives.

It turns out that the best way to do CPR is 100 compressions per minute, and the best way to make sure that you keep that rate going is to just do the compressions to the beat of “Stayin Alive”.

All of the videos include this in their long version available on the Chattanooga YouTube Video Blog

List of all of the Chattanooga Fire Academy Graduating Class Videos (full videos)

The music video and dance routine is usually at the end of the full video.  But if you want to truly learn everything that the Chattanooga Firefighters are trying to teach, watch the whole video.

Always remember:

Stayin Alive = Staying alive – CPR of 100 compressions per minute will keep the person staying alive

Woman: “Wow, I guess disco really saves lives.”

Firefighter: “No, ma’am, firefighters save lives.”

The inspiration for this video, “The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR. Which means that you provide 100 chest compressions per minute.  The average person is going, how am I going to know how many compression I am doing per minute? If you do the chest compressions to the rate or to the beat of ‘Stayin Alive’ you will get that 100 compressions per minute.”

This technique also works by doing the chest compressions to the beat of ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.  Some people believe that one is not as positive, so the Chatanooga Fire Chief recommends sticking with ‘Stayin Alive’.  

“As explained in the credits following the video, the firefighters are professional rescuers, so they used the technique of 30 chest compressions to two ventilations. Non-professionals are encouraged to learn CPR and use the “Hands-Only” technique advocated by the American Heart Association, which involves 100 compressions per minute. If you apply the compressions to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive,” you will achieve the rate of roughly 100 compressions per minute. You can do that!

For more information on CPR, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org. The American Red Cross also teaches “Hands-Only” CPR. Visit their website at www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/cpr-first-aid. Do it! You might save a life!”

Note: The reason I did not link to the original video made by the Chatanooga Fire Department and instead linked to the one done by the 12 News Site is that Warner Music Group Company claimed copyright infringement.  

Warner Music Group … thanks to this video and the hard work of the Chatanooga Fire Department, a lot of official CPR classes now teach students to do CPR to the beat of ‘Stayin Alive’.  As the saying goes, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Quit being part of the problem!”

I support copyright laws and the rights of artists to keep their copy-written material, but sometimes, when something can save a life, why would you stand in the way instead of just accepting the free publicity and free advertising?

Although, it does leave open the door for another music group to create a song and video that would be just as memorable and just as uplifting at 100 beats per minute that would be willing to donate their song and video to this great cause in exchange for every single person on the planet knowing their song as well as “Happy Birthday”.  

So which future musician who is reading this article is willing to take up that challenge?  Who wants to become just as memorable and just as popular as “Happy Birthday”? Any takers?

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