Automatic external defibrillators, more commonly referred to as AEDs, are rapidly becoming common in workplaces, public buildings, and even homes. EMS Jimmy Lamb held two training sessions last week for county employees in the new County Office Building and in the Judicial Center in Smithland. A total of 15 people attended the class for the CPR training in the Library meeting room. Ten participated in the morning class and five in the afternoon class.
“They learned the basics of CPR with good chest compressions and how to use mask to mouth breathing. The training included a short section on how to help a choking person. We also discussed the locations of the new AED's and how they actually operate. We also went over everything in the boxes with the AED's as well as how to activate the 911 system,” explained Lamb.
Judge Executive Chris Lasher is pleased the equipment was provided and that the county employees are trained. “We certainly appreciate Westlake making the donation of these important life safety tools. We hope that we never have to use them, but we want everyone to feel comfortable with them and to be trained and ready to go in case an emergency ever arises. Our staff will be able to take the units and use them appropriately and potentially save a life both here in the new county building and in the Judicial Center next door.”
County Magistrate Terry Stringer was instrumental in having the AED's donated to the county by Westlake. “I am glad to see that all of the defibrillators have been installed in both buildings. This is a project that I feel good about and we are happy that Westlake was able to donate all five units to the county. Hopefully they will never be used but if they are, we hope it will save someone’s life. Westlake cares about the communities that make up their workforce and are willing to supply the units, and we want to thank the county employees for taking time out to be trained on how to use them if ever needed. For more than thirty years, my passion has been the safety and health of those in our county and anything we can do to help save lives is extremely important. Three have been installed in the new county office building and one on each floor in the Judicial Building in Smithland as well. These five units cost in the neighborhood of $8000 and we appreciate Westlake and their continued support of our county.”