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The Frederick Police Department was recently awarded a grant from the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the amount of $6,400.00. The grant was awarded for the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be deployed in police vehicles while officers patrol the Town of Frederick. The AEDs cost about $1,600.00 each, allowing the department to purchase four units.
AEDs are used when an individual goes into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). They are small portable devices which can deliver an electric shock to a person’s heart. This shock can help to stop abnormal electrical impulses in the heart and allow it to return to a normal beating rhythm. Without early CPR and AED use, only about 2.5% percent of SCA victims survive. But, initiation of early CPR and AED use within minutes of SCA can raise a victim’s chance of survival to almost 80%.
“We’re so grateful to Anadarko for this grant that gives Frederick PD a valuable lifesaving resource,” said Frederick Police Chief Todd Norris.
It is important for police officers to be equipped and trained in the use of an AED due to the fact that a patrol officer is often first to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency that may require the use of an AED on an adult or child victim. All Frederick patrol officers are currently trained in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators, CPR, and first aid. This grant will afford a valuable lifesaving resource to be available to the citizens of Frederick in the event of a medical emergency.