The Wausa Fire Department and Rescue Squad recently donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Rolling Hills Country Club to assist them in emergency preparedness.
An AED is a portable defibrillator designed to be automated so that it can be used by anyone with little to no medical training who are responding to a cardiac emergency. An AED delivers a brief electroshock to the heart through pads placed on the chest. It can check a person's heart rhythm and determine if a shock is required. The device begins providing clear and concise voice prompts as soon as it is turned on.
"Early defibrillation is critical in a cardiac emergencies!" states Jill Claussen, EMS Captain. Having an AED unit nearby can increase the survival rate of a victim by beginning care while emergency personnel are called and arrive on scene.
While training is not required to operate the device, brief 'how-to' courses will be held soon with RHCC staff and the general public. If you or your organization are in need of additional AED or CPR training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last fall, the Wausa Public Schools received an additional AED from Wausa Fire and Rescue. AED locations include the WHS Gymnasium, outside of the Wausa Cafe and Senior Citizen's Center, Magnet Bar, and every Wausa church.
Photo: Rolling Hills Country Club Board members receive AED from Wausa Fire & Rescue EMTs.