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Fire Department receives four new AEDs

Updated: 06/06/2019

Firefighter holds AED in front of a fire truckThe Shakopee Fire Relief Association recently donated four new automated external defibrillators (AED), two training AEDs and two AED cabinets to the department. An AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Our department uses them 25 to 30 times a year on medical calls, and they are on standby at other calls in the event that a civilian or a firefighter goes into sudden cardiac arrest. The AEDs put into service on May 15 and replace four defibrillators that were almost 10 years.

In addition, the Shakopee Fire Department has trained personnel on staff who are certified in CPR instruction. These trained staff members recently assisted the Shakopee Public Works Department in purchasing and training on the AED in its facility.

With the new AEDs comes new technology. They detect between adult and pediatric patients to deliver the correct amount of shock needed. They run a self-check daily on the main AED components, complete a partial charge of the high-voltage electronics weekly, complete a full-charge of the high voltage electronics monthly and have a status indicator assuring they are fully functional and ready to use. This ensures our department has the best technology available to assist our residents in times of need.

  1. Updated: 06/06/2019