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Recently Diane Tasler approached the Atkinson Fire & Rescue and asked for help in finding AEDs for local rodeo and fair clubs. She wanted an AED that was user friendly.
Jacque Anson agreed to help her find the one that would work the best.
When looking, the big concern was longevity of the batteries because that always is a problem with any device. Atkinson Fire & Rescue has always used Zoll Defibrillators, so Anson called the representative because Zoll makes an AED Plus, which has the ability to automatically read the patient once it is hooked up and will tell the user when to start CPR.
The AED will also tell the user if they are doing the compressions deep enough and fast enough. It will also shock automatically so it will advise when to stop CPR and stand clear of the patient so it can deliver the shock if the patient requires a shock.
This AED takes six batteries that you can buy at any parts store.
Tasler saw first-hand what an AED can do to be a fast response to a person and how it can save a life. That is why she felt so compelled to get AEDs out there to help other familes in need.
Tasler donated eight of these AEDs to the area. Atkinson Fire & Rescue received one for their command vehicle because they don’t always have an ambulance at a fire scene and the number one killer of firemen is heart attack.
The rest were donated to Atkinson High School Rodeo Club - Jason Mathis; City of Neligh - Dean Bly; Rock County Ag Society - Eric Wegener and JW Ogier; Boyd County Ag Society; Stuart Rodeo Committee - Mike Weichman and Matt Kaup; Holt County Ag Society - Kirk Shane; and Carol McKay Rodeo - Terry Miles.
All of these AEDs come with a glass front cabinet, signage, AED carrying case, adult and pediatric pads and extra batteries.
Each AED retails for over $1,500 per set and with the help of Zoll and the company seeing the need for this area they were able to be purchased for $1,250.