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From: Don Shoecraft <don_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:34:24 -0700


Nov. 1, 2010

Contact: Don Shoecraft • 650-594-0556

FOSTER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE AEDs — Previewing units like those the department will receive through the auspices of Sequoia Healthcare District and the Association of Bay Area Governments are, from left, police officers Ken Pon, Monica Medrano, Capt. Jon Froomin, Doug Nix, Sequoia Healthcare District HeartSafe Program Director Glenn Nielsen, Cpl. Mark Lee and Sgt. Will Hamilton- Frisz


REDWOOD CITY — Sequoia Healthcare District’s HeartSafe program, the City of Foster City and a regional grant program administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have partnered to equip Foster City police patrol vehicles with a dozen automated external defibrillators (AEDs), life-saving automatic devices that are credited with saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims.

The approximately $19,200 cost of the equipment is split evenly between the Healthcare District and ABAG at zero cost to the city.

Sequoia Healthcare District’s HeartSafe program has placed more than 270 AEDs in public places and heavily-trafficked locations in other cities of the district since 2006, including police units in almost all the nine cities the healthcare district serves.

The Foster City City Council approved purchase of six of the units, for which it will be reimbursed by the ABAG grant, at its Oct. 18 meeting.

HeartSafe Program Director Glenn Nielsen set up the program, observing that this is a major service the district can provide to the southern portion of Foster City, which is part of the healthcare district.

“The twelve units will be deployed in police vehicles that patrol the city and respond to medical emergency calls; response time of patrol officers is almost always less than the response time for paramedics and fire personnel, especially during the early morning hours,” he said.

Time is crucial in sudden cardiac arrest events. A victim must be defibrillated within six minutes and receive vital CPR before brain and organ death begin to occur — a victim’s survival chances diminish 10 percent with each passing minute.

Sequoia Healthcare District provides major funding to numerous non- profit community health organizations that directly assist more 35,000 women, children and seniors in the district, which includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside, and portions of San Mateo and Foster City from Skyline Boulevard to the Bay.

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