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.