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Fire Department gets grants for AEDs, new ambulance
The Fredericksburg Fire Department received two grants from the Office of EMS Rescue Squad Assistance Fund.
The first grant is for 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that will be placed in police cruisers, sheriff’s vehicles and public works vehicles.
The project was started several years ago and began with the fire rescue vehicles and continued to include other city government vehicles, said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones.
“The object was to try and make AEDs more available for those who suffered cardiac arrest within the city,” he said in an email. “Law enforcement and public works vehicles are on the street everyday and may be in a position with the AED to help save a life.”
The project goes along with training all city employees in CPR. Jones said that early CPR and early defibrillation are shown to be two main components to increasing success in out-of-hospital resuscitation of victims of cardiac arrest.
The grant is being split with the state 80/20. The state will provide $23,150 and the city will provide the rest, Jones said.
The second grant is for a new ambulance. Jones said the grant is also an 80/20 split, with the state paying $118,400 and the city paying the rest. The total cost, with additional equipment, will be about $198,000, he said.
It will be a 2013 GMC Chassis and the fire department has ordered it and will get it in December.