AED donated to Jesup Police Department
By Kim Edward Adams

The Jesup Police Department received its second Automated External Defibrillator as a donation from the Buchanan County EMS Association July 25.

Joe Rawson, representing the Association of 12 county ambulance services that serve Buchanan County, presented the device to Jesup Police Chief Josh Evans. The new device is identical to the previously purchased AED which has been carried in the primary Jesup Squad car. This one will be carried in the second squad car, so that the device will be immediately available for use no matter which car responds to a call for help.

Often the Jesup Police Department is the first on the scene of a 911 call for a medical emergency. The sooner an AED can be used after event, the greater the chances of survival for the victim.

AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and all Jesup Police Officers have received training in the use of the device. Training is often offered in first aid, certified first responder and basic life support level cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes.

These devices, which cost about $1400 each, enable quicker response by automatically diagnosing, then treating two common, and life-threatening heart-related events – cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Treatment consists of defibrillation, the application of electricity to stop arrhythmia, and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

Left untreated, these cardiac conditions can rapidly lead to irreversible brain damage and death, even within the first 3-5 minutes.

Having these devices available quickly can easily make the difference between life and death.

“Our officers are here to help,” Chief Evans explained. Noting that all his officers have already received training on the device and it is compatible with the equipment carried by the Jesup ambulance and other county emergency services.

The Buchanan County EMS Association raised $30,000 through donations from businesses and individuals, plus grants from the Buchanan County Health Trust Foundation and the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation. Their goal was to equip every law enforcement vehicle in the county with these devices that didn’t already have one. That goal has been reached and Rawson has been delivering the units to emergency responders throughout the county.
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