Walker County Expands And Updates AED Program

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Emergency crews joined forces Tuesday to make upgrades to the county’s Automated External Defibrillator program.  

Walker County Emergency Management used a portion of a Georgia Emergency Management grant to replace AED batteries in 23 Walker County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars. "Deputies often arrive to the scene of an emergency minutes before fire and EMS crews, because of the geographic challenges of the county," officials said.  "Roughly 10 cases of cardiac arrest occur in Walker County every month. These devices significantly increase a patients chances of survival."

The grant also funded new AED’s for the Local Government Services office, aka the Tags and Taxes building, and the Fire Department Shift Commander’s vehicle. Supplies for these units and AED’s inside the jail were also restocked. 

Approximately $16,000 of the grant remains unspent. Emergency Management officials continue to evaluate the county’s future emergency equipment needs.


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