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Foundation Donates $44,500 to Fire Stations for New AEDs

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2017 donation for AEDs to Rural Fire Stations

With help from SDG&E, the Foundation was able to provide a $44,500 grant to the San Diego County Fire Authority to purchase AEDs for Rural Fire Stations.

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation awarded a $44,500 grant to the San Diego County Fire Authority to purchase automated external  defibrillators (AEDs) for rural San Diego County fire departments.   The Fire Foundation thanks the Beyster Family Foundation at the San Diego Foundation, the Grossmont Healthcare District, SDG&E as well as individuals in two rural committees for  supporting this program.  The new defibrillators will be used to replace AEDs that are no longer fully functional due to age or old  technology.

“About 90% of calls in San Diego’s back country are medical,” said CalFire Chief Tony Mecham. “Having defibrillators in every vehicle will greatly improve our first responders ability to save lives.”

Defibrillator Mounted On San Diego County Fire Authority Engine

Defibrillator Mounted On San Diego County Fire Authority Engine

Through this donation, the Fire  Authority will be able to place AED’s in new engines and also  replace older models in existing vehicles, which will enhance our response to medical emergencies in the County’s service area. The purchase of AEDs to bolster the county’s preparedness and ability to respond to emergencies supports the vision defined in the Live Well San Diego initiative calling for communities which build  better health, live safely, and thrive. This  grant will cover  the purchase of about 25 AEDs.

Please help us by donating whatever you can. The next life saved might be someone in your family.

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