For Additional Information: Chief Mark Lockhart540-658-8598
Stafford, VA – April 10, 2017 – Stafford County Fire and Rescue is asking for the public’s help in locating automatic external defibrillators (AED) in public access areas within Stafford County. The Department is preparing to launch the PulsePoint application which will alert subscribers to a possible cardiac arrest within a quarter mile of their location. Citizens trained in CPR and/or use of an AED can then respond to provide assistance until first responders arrive. The location of the closest AED is part of the information relayed to potential Good Samaritans. “We are asking for members of the public to assist us by locating AEDs in schools, office buildings, churches, businesses and other public areas. That information will be entered into our database and pushed out to application subscribers when an alert is sent.” said County Fire and EMS Chief Mark Lockhart. “Having residents trained in CPR and the use of an AED who are able to respond to a PulsePoint alert is a force-multiplier for first responders – and potentially a life saver for someone in cardiac arrest.”
A contest is currently underway to aid in identifying the location of AEDs and runs through April 24. To participate, residents need to download the PulsePoint AED app from their preferred app store and then look for AEDs as they are out in the community. “The AED app will let you take a picture of the AED and geolocate it, then all you have to do is submit it and you are entered in the contest.” Lockhart said. Points are awarded for each AED located during the contest period. “We are particularly grateful to the Stafford County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association for their generous contribution in supplying prizes for the contest.” Lockhart continued.
Additional information on the contest and prizes is available in the attached contest flyer. An image of an AED in a wall cabinet is also provided.
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