CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. - Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall is on a mission to place automated external defibrillators in Kern's Board Chambers, and in Council Chambers of the eight incorporated cities located within the company's 9-1-1 paramedic response.
The next presentation of an AED will take place tonight July 12, at the California City City Council meeting at 6 p.m.
An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient and can shock the heart back to healthy rhythm. The device is designed to be simple to use for the layperson.
The remaining donations to the cities of Bakersfield, Maricpoa, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi and Wasco are expected to take place during scheduled council meetings throughout July.
The device is an important tool in the chain of survival which includes recognizing a medical emergency, calling 9-1-1, and initiating CPR in conjunction with an AED, until EMS arrives.
"As the 9--11 paramedic provider for nearly 90% of Kern County, we have witnessed firsthand the difference early CPR and defibrillation by an AED can make," said Harvey L. Hall. "In the past six weeks, we have celebrated "life saves" of two cardiac arrest survivors-a great grandmother, and a 19-year-old male, both of whom benefited from bystander CPR and AED use."
The California City Council meeting will take place at 21000 Hacienda Blvd., California City.
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