The 2nd Annual Gator Bite SUP race was a huge success and we would like to take a moment to thank Peace River Paddle Sports & Kuleana Adventures, Peace River Explorations and all of the sponsors for their generous donation to our AED program.
Current statistics, through the American Heart Association, reveal that there are approximately 359,400 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital setting (on average) and less than 10% of those victims survive. This same study indicates that through early intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, with an automated external defibrillator (AED), the victim’s chance of survival can more than double. Additionally, communities that have a comprehensive AED program that includes CPR and AED training for rescuers have achieved survival rates of nearly 40% for cardiac arrest victims.
Several years ago, the Wauchula Police Department committed themselves to ensuring that this lifesaving equipment was available to the community. The Wauchula Police Department certifies all city employees, every 2 years, in this lifesaving training and this training is attended by not only all law enforcement officers but every employee from the City Manager to the most recently hired employee.
Currently, the City of Wauchula has 5 AEDs assigned to patrol vehicles and 1 assigned with the Electrical Distribution (line crew) Supervisor. With the recent donation of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Gator Bite SUP race we will be looking to have an AED installed inside the City Administration building. We will continue working towards our goal of having an AED in all city buildings as well as every patrol vehicle to ensure that this critical piece of lifesaving equipment is always readily available.
If you would like more information regarding this program contact Chief John Eason at (863)773-3265 or firstname.lastname@example.org