One hundred new AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) have been received by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office this week and will be issued to patrol deputies as part of Sheriff Grady Judd’s plan to include the devices in all PCSO marked units.
Polk County Emergency Medical Services provided PCSO with their first AED’s earlier this year, purchasing 99 of them and presenting them to Sheriff Judd during a BOCC public hearing. These 99 have been deployed into the field. Since then, the Sheriff’s Office has ordered 300 additional devices from Philips Medical Systems.
AED’s are portable devices that are used to treat sudden cardiac arrests wherever they occur. PCSO deputies will now be able to assist victims with cardiac arrest symptoms as first responders to critical incidents, should they happen to arrive at the scene before emergency medical personnel. Deputy Sheriffs are receiving specialized training to use the devices.
Sheriff Judd says, “Having these valuable devices in our patrol cars creates a win-win situation for the people of Polk County, and for our brothers and sisters in first response. From now on, if we are the first to arrive at a scene with a medical emergency, our deputies will have their AED’s on hand and can begin life-saving treatment until EMS arrives.”