Crime & Public Safety

Arrhythmia Alliance awards Bluffton Fire District defibrillator

Julie Kizer CPR coordinator for Bluffton Township Fire District, Deputy Chief Rick Cramer and Trudie Lobban, founder of Arrhythmia Alliance
Julie Kizer CPR coordinator for Bluffton Township Fire District, Deputy Chief Rick Cramer and Trudie Lobban, founder of Arrhythmia Alliance Bluffton Township Fire District

The Bluffton Township Fire District was awarded its first automated external defibrillator from the Arrhythmia Alliance to promote heart health.

The AED will be a part of the Public Access Defibrillator Program in order to create a heart-safe community in Bluffton, according to an Arrhythmia Alliance news release. The alliance is working to get AEDs in the town and surrounding areas along with providing CPR training to residents.

“Sudden cardiac death is the No. 1 killer in the USA, with approximately 1,000 people dying every day,” Trudie Lobban, founder of the alliance, said. “Anyone can use an AED. You cannot harm anyone; however, you can save a life.”

Residents can contact the fire district to learn where the nearest AED is located and how to sign up to learn CPR.

The alliance, along with the Gavin Quance Campaign, have placed 31 AEDs in all Bluffton Police Department patrol vehicles within the last year, the release said.

Those interested in the training or more information can email infor-us@defibssavelives.org or call 843-415-1886.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner

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