Sheriff's Office Awarded AEDs
Release Date: Apr 13, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office has been awarded two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) by Poudre Valley Hospital as part of a special grant program which recycles used but functional equipment.
Automatic External Defibrillators are used to apply an electric current to a heart which is beating irregularly, sporadically or not at all. It is most effective when used within a few minutes of an abnormal heartbeat occurring.
The AEDs were awarded to the Sheriff's Office Mountain squad which patrols both the Estes Park and Red Feather areas. The units will be deployed in the on-duty patrol cars in each area. Sergeant Tim Sullivan initiated the grant application. As the Mountain squad supervisor, Sullivan saw an opportunity for his deputies to be able to provide more immediate assistance to citizens in need of this life-saving device.
Sergeant Sullivan said that while the Sheriff's Office has had AEDs available in its office facilities for some time, "This will be the first time an AED has been deployed on the street by the Sheriff's Office."
The Sheriff's Office was assisted with the grant application process by Steve Main, EMS Manager for Poudre Valley Hospital who noted that, "They (the deputies) frequently beat us to scenes by considerable amounts of time due to their deployment throughout the County, while we respond from Fort Collins." Mr. Main felt it would be beneficial for the deputies to have the AEDs "due to the large area and populations they serve, especially during the summer tourist season."