Defibrillators to be put into eight vehicles

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:10 PM.

Inside the city limits, the city ambulance and paramedics will arrive in four minutes or less, but usually a police officer gets there quicker, perhaps as soon as a minute or two from the time the call comes in, Coffey said.

To use the machine, police officers put two pallets on the victim’s chest and turn the machine on. The defibrillator automatically senses what is happening with the victim’s heart and determines if a shock is necessary and when to apply it to achieve a normal rhythm.

"It’s not going to shock someone who has a pulse," Coffey said.

Havelock police officers are now wrapping up training on the devices and they will be deployed in the coming weeks, Coffey said.

"Our plan is to be able to provide rapid defibrillation to the cardiac arrest victim as soon as possible," he said. "Utilizing our dispatch center, the patrol officer or sergeant will be dispatched the same time as one of the paramedic units. Since the patrol officers are already on the road, they will most likely be on the scene a minute or two prior to the medics’ arrival."

Wayne Lee, a Havelock firefighter and paramedic, sees the benefits of having the devices in the police cars.

"It will help speed the process up for these people and help them have more survivability," he said. "When they get there, they can already initiate basic life support, which is CPR and early defibrillation if needed, and the machine will tell them that. All of the police officers are trained to do basic life support just like we are and they know how to use an AED, so they can get out there and do that."

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