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Miner Convention Center to get AEDs

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MINER -- The Miner Convention Center will soon be equipped with an Automatic External Defibrillator.

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Miner Board of Aldermen approved getting the CPR and AED training required for the device to be provided.

Danielle Patrick, city clerk, said she contacted officials at the North Scott County Ambulance District regarding an available AED.

Three AEDs, which are portable electronic devices that can be simply used by laymen to automatically diagnose and treat potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions, were provided to the ambulance district by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, a division of the Department of Health, for distribution.

The other two AEDs were placed with the Chaffee Fire Department First Responders and at the Scott County Courthouse.

The CPR training with the AED instruction is a three-hour course, according to Patrick. "I think it would benefit everyone," she said.

Board member Peggy Holman said she would like to see the board members trained in addition to city staff.

Mayor Frank Tatum said it will be especially important for city staff who work with the public such as those in the police, maintenance and public works departments, to receive the training.

"If they take this class, it could save a life," he said.

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