The city of Clarksville, Tennessee, is getting ready to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the city’s busy Heritage Park. The Powerheart G3 AED is a gift to the city from the Clarksville Firefighters Association, along with a special alarm-equipped cabinet.
The firefighters told ClarksvilleOnline.com that they chose the AED because it can use special defibrillator pads designed for children, is equipped with a long-life lithium battery, and comes with a 7-year warranty.
Heritage Park hosts weekend sports activities that attract as many as 4,000 people, making it a likely site for a cardiac incident to occur, David Kirkland, president of the Firefighters Association, said at the AED presentation ceremony. He urged citizens to learn CPR, but also to be ready to use a defibrillator in case of sudden cardiac arrest.
“Having an AED on hand increases your chances of survival by up to 65 percent,” he said. Kirkland noted that a nearby YMCA had used its AED to successfully resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim earlier this year.
“Minutes count, seconds count, and this is something that will help in a cardiac emergency until the first responders arrive on site,” Kevin Cowling of the Parks and Recreation Department said.
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillian accepted the AED on behalf of the city. “It is certainly nice to have it there as some added insurance in case we do need it,” she said.
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