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Thanks to grant, LF-R gets eight new AEDs

Posted: March 20, 2017 5:08 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Eight new automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are lined up in front of Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Engine. The LF-R recently purchased the AEDs thanks to a more than $8,600 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) recently purchased eight new automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, thanks to a more than $8,600 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

According to a LF-R press release, AEDs are medical devices that allow trained medical first responders to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest patient back into a normal rhythm. Studies have shown that every 1 1/2 minutes in the United States, someone dies due to sudden cardiac arrest. The only way to improve this is to have early access to an AED, the press release said. Every minute someone in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent. 

The grant now allows the LF-R to equip 13 fire apparatus and vehicles with an AED, including command vehicles. Previously, the department only had five AED-equipped vehicles. The additional AEDs increase the probability that, when someone has a cardiac emergency, this life-saving technology will be within minutes away, according to the press release. The LF-R acquired the new AEDs during the week of March 6 and immediately installed.  

 “Our goal for the past three years has been to secure funding to place an AED on every department vehicle in our fleet since there is potential for need and use of an AED anywhere our vehicles go,” LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said in the press release. “I am very pleased to announce to our community that we have achieved this goal thanks to the Firehouse Subs Foundation Grant. No doubt, this is a prime example of the life-saving equipment this grant was created to fund and we are ecstatic that we now have an AED on all of our fleet vehicles. We will continue to seek federal, state, local, and private grant and community funding to support our mission of saving lives in Lugoff.”

Firehouse Subs’ foundation launched in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has given more than $24 million in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.2 million in South Carolina.

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