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Ocean City Police Now Equipped With Eight AEDs

The recent purchase of six new AEDs gives the department one in each patrol car, two in supervisors' vehicles and one at the department headquarters.

Photo provided by Ocean City Police
Photo provided by Ocean City Police
With the purchase of six new Automated External Defibrillators (AED), the Ocean City Police Department now has eight units at their disposal, the police department said this week.

The units are available in two supervisors’ vehicles and in each of the five patrol cars on a 24-hour basis. One remains at police headquarters.

All Ocean City Police Officers have been trained in the use of AEDs and are recertified by the Cape May County Police Academy’s In-Service program on a biannual basis.

“Given the strategic location of our three fire houses, coupled with our quick response times from both police and fire, Ocean City First Responders are better equipped and well-trained to provide immediate care to a resident and/or visitor,” Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan said. “Bottom line, if one of my family members were to have a cardiac related emergency, I would certainly hope they were here in Ocean City. We have the gold standard in responding to medical emergencies.”

The decision to add the AEDs was the result of information gathered from the public at Public Safety workshops held in December. All units are mobile and available for immediate deployment for cardiac-related emergencies.

Al Keleher February 08, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Al Keleher It's about time after 4 years and a new Police Chief, who realizes what the AED's can do. I've been on both ends of the machine. I thanked an operator for using it on me; and, the person I used it on - thanked me.
Mr. B February 09, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Mr. Kline, I hope one day you are not in need of one of these. Having been trained (although no training is required) and knowing first hand what these incredible small devices are capable of. I would hope the City would purchase even more of them, designated stations along the boardwalk, info center, and a few other places.
BLDShamrock February 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Mr B....that is a great idea. Even if the City doesn't purchase them they could be donated by corporations/businesses that benefit financially from the thousands of visitors to the boardwalk each year. They are VERY easy to use and can be the differnce in life or death for some.
Ken Wilson February 09, 2014 at 08:46 PM
http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/33543-ocean-city-police-sgt-revives-unconscious-woman-beach
Arthur Kirkland February 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I am not a big fan of politicians or in particular this administration, but I have to say this is an excellent use of taxpayers money and I am sure will save many lives in the future. Kudos to the police department

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