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Tonganoxie Police and Fire Departments Collaborate to Save More Lives

Posted by jshockley at Aug 19, 2015 04:06 PM |

Tonganoxie, Kansas (Aug. 19, 2015) – The City of Tonganoxie’s Police and Fire Departments recently partnered to ensure first responders are equipped with the proper tools and training to respond to cardiac emergencies. Earlier this year, the departments approached the Tonganoxie City Council and received approval to purchase new LifePak 1000 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This equipment is the latest technology in automatic defibrillation used by first responders to achieve a greater survival rate in patients experiencing cardiac arrest.

Until this most recent purchase, the Tonganoxie Police Department did not have AEDs in the patrol cars.  However, a police officer is often the first responder on scene during emergency situations. With the new addition of AEDs in the patrol cars, there is a greater chance of survival for victims of cardiac arrest.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) claims that 326,200 people of all ages experience out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year, and 9 out of ten victims die. According to SCAF, when by-standers or first responders intervene by giving CPR and using an AED, the survival rate increases from 10 percent to 40 percent.

“The ability to save the life of just one citizen far exceeds the cost of adding this equipment,” said Chief of Police Jeffery Brandau. The addition of the six new AEDs in the hands of Tonganoxie Police and Fire will double the availability of this equipment within the community.

Members of the public and press are invited to learn more about the AEDs on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. at the Tonganoxie Fire Department, located at 825 E. 4th Street. The equipment will be displayed until 11 a.m., and Fire Chief Jack Holcom and Chief of Police Jeffery Brandau will be present to answer questions about this important addition to the Tonganoxie community.

Media Contact:

Jamie Shockley, Asst. City Administrator
913-845-2620 ext. 1040
jshockley@tonganoxie.org