Grant equips BGPD cars with defibrillator units

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Battle Ground — Battle Ground Police Department has outfitted all of its 12 patrol vehicles with Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs.

Clark County Fire & Rescue secured a $17,500 grant through the Clark County Public Safety Education Committee to equip the patrol cars with the live-saving tool.

AEDs are lightweight, portable devices used during incidents of cardiac arrest. The devices use electrode pads, placed on an individual’s chest, to analyze a person’s electric activity of the heart and sends an electric shock if needed.

“Since officers are out patrolling our neighborhoods 24/7, they are often the first to arrive on scene,” Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson said in a release. “The AEDs allow our officers to start life-saving measures right away, when minutes are critical, until CCFR personnel arrive.”