Metro adds defibrillators to every patrol vehicle

Local public safety officials show off their new AEDs. Pictured (from left to right) are Deputy Douglas Carson, AEMT Ronnie Smith, Paramedic and Instruction Coordinator Richard Medley, Deputy Clay Harper, and Critical Care Paramedic and BLS Instructor Hunter Case. (Photo Provided)

LOCAL NEWS — Metro first responders arrive at multiple cardiac arrests calls each year. In fact, in the past two years Metro Moore County responded to nearly 20 cardiac arrest calls and early CPR and defibrillation saved multiple lives.

That why Metro EMA Director Jason Deal recently applied for grant money to purchase numerous automated external defibrillator or AEDs. These portal, medical devices analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the heart rhythm to normal. They’re simple, life-saving device that can be used by first responders and Good Samaritans alike.

This week, Metro added AEDS to every Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department deputy vehicles as well as adding three outdoor AED cabinets. Six of the AEDs also went to the Moore County School System as upgrades. To learn more about AED devices, visit the American Heart Association website by clicking here.

The new AEDs were purchased without using public funds and were paid for with grants and a donation from Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

Moore County EMS also offers CPR Classes. You can learn more by contacting Moore County Public Safety Director Jason Deal at [email protected] or the new Metro Public Safety app offers step-by-step instructions including audio instructions. {To read our original coverage of that app, click here.} •

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