Banks Fire District #13 Community Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

To meet the emergency needs of our community with trained, committed, caring people.

The only documented site AED in our 136 square mile Fire District is at our Banks station, with the closest hospital ranging 20 minutes to an hour away, our community is in dire need of additional site AEDs. While we carry AEDs on our vehicles, there is a delay as our units travel to patients—this delay is often crucial to patient survival. As such, we propose the purchase of 20 AEDs to be placed in key locations (schools, businesses, places where people gather). Classes will be held to train community members in CPR/AEDs at no charge. AED locations will be entered into PulsePoint, a mobile application that notifies followers of a cardiac event in their area and the location of the closest AED. Currently our District has over 2,000 followers with CPR alerts enabled—this number will increase with training. With community AEDs throughout our vast area, strategically placed, trained bystanders to cardiac events will be able to begin crucial care until emergency responder arrive.

With this award, our District could purchase 20 AEDs and provide training throughout the year to residents/business owners. When the unexpected cardiac event happens, we want the best care possible and with it the best chance at recovery. Our Community AED program hopes to place AEDs throughout our community and train community members in CPR/AED use. With State Farm's help, we can make this a reality, meeting our shared mission of care and recovery. To boost the program's effectiveness, AED locations will be entered into PulsePoint, a mobile application that notifies followers of a cardiac event in their area and the location of the closest AED. With community AEDs throughout our vast District, strategically placed, trained bystanders to cardiac events will be able to begin crucial care/treatment until emergency responders arrive on scene. Truly a tremendous program for our residents and the numerous visitors to our district.

These AEDs have a long-life cycle so the impact of this program will be long lasting. The only ongoing cost will be for replacement pads which have a two-year life cycle. Fortunately, these are low cost items that can be absorbed into local budgets. Finally, the District is committed to providing semi annual certification classes at no charge to the community. Now with help from State Farm, we can increase the safety of our community with locating AEDs throughout our rural area. Just give us the tools and watch what our rural fire district can accomplish.