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West Hempfield Township Police Department said today that it has been awarded an $11,000 lifesaving equipment grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The grant allows the department to purchase eight AEDs to enhance the department’s lifesaving capabilities.
The new AEDs will replace the older machines currently in use. “They are smaller, lighter, and extremely user friendly,” stated Chief Mark G. Pugliese I. The new AEDs are manufactured by Cardiac Science and will be placed in-service as soon as all officers undergo training on the new equipment. According to Chief Pugliese, “These AEDs are very similar to the machines we currently have except they are completely automatic, and voice prompts even assist the officers in administering CPR by telling the officer is they are going too fast, too slow or if chest compressions are too deep or not deep enough.” Each year, first responders are called to scenes of sudden cardiac arrest emergencies. Seconds count and the new AEDs respond better by evaluating the patient’s condition faster and quickly administering a shock if needed.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $40 million to hometown heroes in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $772,000 in Pennsylvania.