Today, the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department donated six new Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to the Elk Grove Police Department.
Applied in a timely manner, an AED can shock a heart into a normal rhythm after it has gone into a life-threatening rhythm. The fire department secured an Emergency Medical Services grant from Walmart to partially fund the donation.
In 2017, the fire department began providing specialized training on High Performance CPR to first responders in the region, including Elk Grove Police Department personnel.
Police officers are often the first to arrive on-scene to a sudden cardiac arrest. When they can immediately provide quality CPR compressions to the patient, it prolongs the opportunity for defibrillation by the arriving EMS personnel.
With today’s donation, the police officers will be able to carry AEDs in their patrol vehicles.
“These defibrillators will give our first responders the best chance to save a life,” Elk Grove Police Chief Tim Albright said. “I want to thank the Cosumnes CSD Fire Department and Walmart for their generous donation. This important collaboration will go a long way in serving our Elk Grove community in a meaningful way.”
“Our collaboration with the Elk Grove Police Department is invaluable in providing a seamless flow of emergency response, from the moment care is needed until the incident is resolved. Their use of High Performance CPR in combination with defibrillation will continue to save lives in our community,” Cosumnes CSD Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez said.