Seventy-six San Mateo County sheriff’s office vehicles will be equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), “covering the entire county” with the life-saving tool, the county announced Thursday.
This AEDs, which are medical devices used to reestablish heart rhythm in those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, were jointly funded by the Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) and Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD). PHCD will invest $57,000 and SHD $68,000 for their respective purchases, while the County will fund the roll out and training as well as ongoing maintenance.
The two districts previously purchased AEDs for K-12 schools in its district and trained students and staff on using them.
“These AEDs are a critical tool to protect the health and safety of those living, working and visiting our county,” said Supervisor Carole Groom, president of the Board of Supervisors. “This is another way we are able to bring emergency response a little closer to where someone is who might need immediate aid.