By: Rachel DePompa
By: Rachel DePompa

The county is adding an Automatic External Defibrillator to the main administration building. It's used to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. This is the first public defibrillator in the county.

It will hang in a metal box at the main doors of the Main Administration building. If the box is opened an alarm will go off.

"We felt like the community was always in the building paying their taxes or conducting other business so we felt like it was a really good idea to be able to have a defibrillator in the building," says fire chief Robbie Symons.

The defibrillator cost about $2,000. And about 20 people will be certified to use it.

County officials are encouraging other heavily traveled stores to get one. Extended Web Coverage

History of Defibrillation

  • 1956 - First published reports of external defibrillation.
  • 1962 - Controversy over benefits of DC vs. AC defibrillation.
  • 1964 - Development of synchronizing defibrillation to EKG cycle.
  • 1970 - Importance of early defibrillation first published.
  • 1972 - Defibrillators using solid state technology developed.
  • 1986 - Firefighters with basic training begin using AED's.


  • At present, for each 100 patients that arrive in the ER in cardiac arrest and have been treated with CPR alone: 95 die, 2-3 survive a few days, and 1-2 have a chance of full recovery.

  • CPR works well on patients who have a primary breathing problem.

  • CPR alone doesn't work well on victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

  • For each minute elapsed after collapse, there is a 10 percent decrease in the chance of successful defibrillation.

  • Many 911 EMS systems can't get to the victim in less than 10 minutes.

  • Early defibrillation is the key to saving a cardiac arrest victim.

  • Early defibrillation can lead to total recovery and a normal life.

  • After 10 minutes have passed - it's too late.

  • In the US, approximately 350,000 people die each year from heart disease - many of these people collapse unexpectedly.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - collapsing unexpectedly - can happen from an electrical current in the heart "going haywire."

  • Many times, these victims are not having a heart attack.

  • These victims need a lifesaving pulse of electricity called "defibrillation" to restart their heart - and can go on normally.

  • AED's cannot save all victims of SCA, but when an AED is successful, the result can be dramatic return to a normal life.

    Source: contributed to this report

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