North Tahoe adds nine more AEDs
TAHOE CITY ” With a congressional plea asking states and municipalities to place more Automated External Defibrillators in publicly accessible places in honor of June 1-7 National CPR/AED awareness week, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and partnering agencies are stepping up to add nine new AEDs in the North Tahoe area.
The machines, which can re-start a person’s heart, cost about $1,500 apiece and can be used in the event of a cardiac arrest.
“With 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occurring outside of a healthcare facility, it is crucial that more community members are prepared to respond,” said Battalion Chief Pat Dillon of the NTFPD.
Funding for the devices came through three donations, a $3,060 donation from the North Tahoe Kiwanis Club, who asked two of the machines be placed in North Tahoe High School and the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach. A second came from the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, who said they would match a separate $5,000 grant. That grant came from the North Tahoe Firefighters Association immediately.
Chief Duane Whitelaw encouraged residents to get training on the devices, which the fire district does monthly at its stations and is available by calling (530) 583-6911.
Sarah Lagano, an NTFPD paramedic and North Tahoe Firefighter’s Association vice president stressed the importance of community preparedness to use skills like CPR and know how to work an AED.
“The NTFA encourages all citizens to become trained in CPR and AED use,” Lagano said. “Remember, it could be you that saves the life of a neighbor, a friend of family member.”
The new AEDs will be placed at North Tahoe High, the North Tahoe Conference Center, the Tahoe Cross County center (winter)/ the Carnelian Bay Cal-Fire engine (summer), the NTFPD public information officer’s vehicle, Kings Beach Elementary, Tahoe Lake Elementary, North Tahoe Middle School and Tahoe City Fire Station.
If you’ve done your defensible space and need to drop off those pine needles, tree trimmings, dead leaves and dry grass, Placer County will take he refuse free of charge on Saturday, June 6. From 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the county is partnering with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District to collect defensible space trimmings at the Cross Country Center in Tahoe City, Homewood’s South Lodge and the North Tahoe Regional Park.
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