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Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for firefighters? One third of all firefighter deaths this year will be the direct result of cardiovascular disease.

Firefighters are inevitably in harm's way as they battle fires due to the extreme working conditions they face and highly physical nature of the job. Every firefighter is certainly under tremendous stress, increasing the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Providing early defibrillation is often the responsibility of EMS agencies, including fire departments. Whether the victim is a fellow firefighter or a civilian, having Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible can provide a critical resource that is able to deliver life saving defibrillation treatment immediately and effectively. Another benefit of an AED is the reduced cost – making it the smart choice as agency budgets are increasingly under review, financially strained and in many cases facing cuts.

A majority of Advanced Life Support (ALS) fire departments utilize manual defibrillators on their apparatus, rather than AEDs. There are two major drawbacks with manual defibrillators. First, only qualified personnel, such as paramedics, are able to operate these defibrillators. Second, the high cost associated with manual defibrillators. Due to their high cost ($15,000 - $30,000) and size, manual defibrillators are not a practical choice for most departments to equip all of their apparatus or personnel with such equipment.

AEDs cost a fraction of what the average manual defibrillator costs, roughly $1,400 - $2,100. The size of the AED equipment is much smaller, much easier to carry and most importantly AEDs are easily used by anyone; whether you are a firefighter with minimal medical training or a fully trained paramedic. Due to the enormous benefits of an AED, many departments are opting to purchase AEDs for all fire stations, apparatus, strike teams, and other department vehicles.

AEDs increase the survival rates and saves lives. Please take the time to learn how you can better protect your department, in addition to the citizens in the community your serve!

Why Start An AED Program?

Each year, EMS treats nearly 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital.  More than 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims do not survive to be discharged from the hospital (8% survival rate).  However, in cities where defibrillation is provided within five to seven minutes, the survival rate is as high as 30–45 percent.

THE CITY OF FAIRFIELD IS DEDICATED TO THE SAFETY ... ...of its employees as well as providing exemplary service for its constituents. The addition of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in our City’s departments is a testimony of our dedication to providing the best service possible. Since the inception of our AED program, there have been several cases of actual lives saved because of early entry into the chain of survival, partially due to bystander intervention. We are very close to having AEDs available at EVERY City run facility, a fact that I am extremely proud of.

The City of Fairfield currently partners with Devices For Life for all of our AED program needs. Our reps from Devices For Life, are very reliable and passionate about the services they provide in addition to the programs they implement. It is because of this, and their dedication, that I would highly recommend Devices For Life to any agency considering the purchase of AEDs.
- Fire Chief Vince Webste