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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Defibrillator Provided to Health District

The Westport Weston Health District is the latest facility to receive an automatic external defibrillator (AED) as part of the Town of Westport’s ongoing effort to protect its citizens and visitors by placing the devices in public facilities.

The health district facility at 180 Bayberry Lane joins Westport Town Hall, Westport Center for Senior Activities, Westport Public Library and all public schools in having the devices if there is an emergency.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said additional units are needed to continue to meet the town’s goal of having an AED available to anyone who has a heart attack within five minutes.

Westport has been recognized by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as a “HeartSafe Community” because of the CPR training provided to residents and the AEDs available in public facilities.

Defibrillators have been part of Westport’s emergency services since 1985 when the volunteer EMS first used the predecessors to the AED, and the first AED units were placed in police cruisers and fire trucks in 1997.

The town has replaced all of the original AEDs in emergency services vehicles with versions that are capable of treating children as young as one-year-old.

The units at the town beaches and at Longshore Club Park, however, are the older version and need to be replaced, and each of the schools should have an additional unit, Joseloff said.

He said an additional $50,000 needs to be raised to buy the 20 units to complete the project. The funds would cover the purchase of the remaining AEDs, necessary supplies and training. 

Those wishing to donate to purchase additional AEDs may send checks payable to the “Town of Westport AED Fund” to the Selectman’s Office, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

Those interested in learning or refreshing in CPR should call WVEMS at (203)341-6030.

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Posted 03/29/07 at 07:44 PM  Permalink



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