Voca VFD awarded grant for AED procurement

Thanks to the generosity of the Dodge-Jones Foundation, the Voca Volunteer Fire Department was able to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED), 20 CPR masks and a total of’ 11 disposable resuscitators. The decision to seek out funding for this invaluable equipment was made after several members of the department attended a CPR certification class conducted by Rosie Salas of the Brady EMS. Mrs. Salas taught the group the proper use of an AED and encouraged the rural fire departments to seek grant money to purchase a device.’A grant proposal was promptly written and submitted to the Dodge-Jones Foundation of Abilene and within a few weeks a check for $2,500 arrived in the mail. According to the American Heart Association, currently only five percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive because CPR and defibrillation usually occur too late.’If CPR and defibrillation were more readily available and the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest increased from five to 20 percent, about 40,000 more lives could be saved each year.

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