BGPS receives AED from Fire District 3 and American Medical Response

posted Aug 17, 2017, 5:14 PM by Joe Vajgrt

BGPS receives AED from Fire District 3 and American Medical Response

August 17, 2017

Battle Ground Public Schools has received a new Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, thanks to the generosity of Clark County Fire District 3 and American Medical Response (AMR). An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock that can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.

"We are very pleased to donate this AED to the Battle Ground School District,” said Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson. “They are a proven tool to help save lives, and we greatly appreciate our partnership with AMR, which donated this AED to Fire District 3 to be placed in the Battle Ground community.”

AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable and easy to use, they can be used by non-medical people. In fact, an AED at Chief Umtuch Middle School was used last school year to save a man’s life after he went into sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball, providing a great reminder of the effectiveness of citizen CPR combined with having an AED nearby.  

“Each year, there are more and more people working, learning and recreating in district buildings,” said BGPS School Health Services and Nursing Supervisor, Cathy Shannon. “Improving access to AEDs in our schools is more important than ever and can literally be the difference between life and death, so we are very grateful for the donation from AMR and Fire District 3.”