TPD to receive AEDs for patrol cars - Tucson News Now

TPD to receive AEDs for patrol cars

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Steven M. GootterFoundation, a local organization dedicated to putting an end to sudden cardiacdeaths is making a big donation to the Tucson Police Department.

The nonprofit will begiving 50 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to TPD, worth about $100,000.  The official announcement will take placetoday at noon.

According to TPD the newAEDs will be going inside patrol cars that are often the first on scene when a cardiacevent is reported.  By placing these AEDsin vehicles with officers who have been trained how to use them, officialsbelieve those who suffer cardiac arrest will have a greater chance of survival;currently TPD officers do not take AEDs on patrol with them.

Officials at the TucsonPolice Department are saying the devices are not meant to take over the job offirefighters or paramedics, but will be a big help to save lives when everysecond counts.

"These AED devices could be the equipment that will allow officers to provide life-saving assistance when time is of the essence," said Tucson Chief of Police Roberto Villaseñor, in a recent release. "We are not usurping the role of firefighters or paramedics, but the fact is that there are situations when police officers are the first ones on the scene when life threatening cardiac episodes are taking place, and any equipment that will help us save lives is appreciated. We are extremely grateful to the Gootter Foundation for supplying this equipment."

AEDs can be life-savingdevices when administered within the first ten minutes of a cardiac event.

These defibrillators areexpected to be inside TPD patrol cars beginning in June.

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