Thanks to generous donations from two organizations and one business owner, the Walterboro Fire Department now is the proud owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. The department first received grant funds from the Firefighters Charitable Foundation that covered half of the needed funds to purchase the device. Then the department received a donation from the local chapter of the Red Cross. Even then, the department was still a little short on the needed funds. That’s when local business owner Louie Catterton stepped up to the plate and donated the remaining funds need to purchase the AED. The purchase of the AED also included training for the entire department which was completed after the purchase. The AED is being kept on fire apparatus at station 1, and the department hopes to apply to receive more grants or donations to be able to purchase two more AED’s, allowing the department […]
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