By Renee O’Quinn
During Tuesday’s meeting (July 23), the Baxley City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase of 14 AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) based on grant approval. City Manager Jeff Baxley announced that Robin Crosby with Appling HealthCare System is submitting a grant proposal for the AEDs. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnosis the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat a person through defibrillation. The manager requested that if the grant is approved that the city purchase 14 AEDs, one for each police vehicle and one for City Hall. The city would pay for half if the grant is funded. The cost is $2,000.00 for each device and with the grant the cost would be cut in half. Baxley stated there would be training involved with the use of the device. The manager further stated it would be very useful and maybe an opportunity to save a life.
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