Henderson Volunteer Fire Departments Receive Life-Saving Donations

Henderson, KY 8/12/21- Emergency responders from volunteer fire departments in Henderson County received a life saving donation today from Deaconess Henderson Hospital. Fire Chiefs and firefighters gathered Thursday morning for a presentation given by representatives with Deaconess Hospital and Henderson County’s Judge Executive Brad Schneider.

Deaconess presented 9 volunteer fire department with new A.E.D.s (Automatic External Defibrillator). Baskett, Cairo, Hebbardsville, Niagara, Reed, Robards, Smith Mills, Spottsville, and Zion Fire Departments were all provided with a new unit for their medical responses to help save lives within their communities. Officials say Corydon Civil Defense already received one of these devices recently at another presentation.

These units are the latest version of the Cardiac Science line of A.E.D.s. The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 automated external defibrillator (AED) provides a powerful combination of features that help rescuers provide sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims with swift, effective, and life-saving therapy.

The Powerheart G5 is the first FDA-cleared AED to combine fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy, and fast shock times to help save an SCA victim‘s life.

Dennis Beck, Jr M.D. Deaconess Hospital representative

“With these Automatic External Defibrillators we can help them [volunteer medical responders] save the lives of Kentuckians who experience sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if the appropriate steps are not taken immediately. Each year more than 356,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital in the United States. Approximately a thousand a day, making it the leading cause of death.”

Dennis Beck, Jr M.D. Deaconess Hospital representative
After the presentation, representatives from each department were given a short training session on the units to help them understand each of the available functions on the unit.

According to Angela Smith, Deaconess EMS Transport Services Manager, responders in Henderson County responded to 55 calls for cardiac arrest in the last fiscal year.

“By equipping these 9 community partners with A.E.D.s, Deaconess EMS hopes to help increase survival rates among those experiencing cardiac arrest.” -Angela Smith

Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider

“These gifts help our volunteer fire departments to be better equipped to save lives in Henderson County and around the region,” says Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider, “every bit of help like this makes the lives of our volunteer responders much easier. These volunteers have full time jobs and have lives outside of the volunteer fire service and they don’t get paid a dime, but the moment the emergency bells ring, they rush to help their fellow citizen.”

“We [the volunteer fire departments] represent our communities and anytime that we can get anything to help our communities, we are so proud of that.”

Glenn Powell, President of the Henderson County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Chief of Niagara Fire Department

Deaconess representatives thanked the volunteer departments for their service to their communities and the dedication to always increasing their skills and training to help save lives in their communities.


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