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The City of Steamboat Springs has increased the number of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in city facilities with the addition of three new AED stations this month.
The new AEDs have been placed in high-volume areas including Centennial Hall, City Hall and the alpine slide at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Two of the new AED lifesaving units were purchased with funding from the Walmart Community Grant Program, with the third coming out of the city’s general fund.
These devices join an AED cache already in place at the Community Center, Howelsen Ice Arena, Howelsen Hill Ski Area (tow house) and Haymaker Golf Course. In addition, four AED units are currently employed by the Steamboat Springs Police department.
An automated external defibrillator is a device used to administer an electric shock and restore the heart’s normal rhythm. If a sudden cardiac arrest victim receives defibrillation within the first minute, the survival rate is 90%, and 30% to 50% if used within five minutes.
“With only a few hours of training, individuals can provide years of life for a cardiac arrest patient by knowing how to use an AED,” said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart. “While we hope folks will never have to use one, we’ve seen how AEDs can change people’s lives within a matter of minutes.”
These lifesaving devices are simple to use and training is available through a variety of first aid courses such as those provided by Colorado Mountain College, Old Town Hot Springs and the Yampa Valley Medical Center to name a few. For public groups wishing to learn how to respond to cardiac emergencies at home or work, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue provides Friends and Family CPR training for a nominal charge.
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Alan Lind, General Services Director – (970) 871-8249 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel Stewart, Fire Chief – (970) 871-7170 or email@example.com