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Salisbury Fire Department Places New AEDs In Service
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Salisbury Fire Department recently took delivery of 22 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).  These new devices replace the department's units that reached their expiration dates and will be placed on all front line apparatus.

AEDs are portable electronic devices that automatically diagnose the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation (vfib) and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (vtach) and treats those arrhthmias through defribrillation (the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmnia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm).

AEDs are simple to use and provide audio and visual commands to any layperson using them.

21 of the 22 AEDs were purchased as part of the SFD's Capital Improvement Plan while one was purchased as part of the Salisbury Wicomico Integrated Firstcare Team (SWIFT).  The new units have a life expectancy of eight years.

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