Auburn Fire Donates AED’s to the City of Auburn

By Erik Wood, Captain
Shawnee County Fire District #2
May 18, 2015

Fire Chief Scott Hunt presents City of Auburn Mayor Tim Cochran with one of two AED’s that Auburn Fire donated to the city. Photo by Julian Lutes.

Fire Chief Scott Hunt presents City of Auburn Mayor Tim Cochran with one of two AED’s that Auburn Fire donated to the city. Photo by Julian Lutes.

Fire Chief Scott Hunt demonstrates the use of the AED to City of Auburn Mayor Tim Cochran and Council Member Mike Robinson at the May 4th city council meeting. Photo by Julian Lutes.

Fire Chief Scott Hunt demonstrates the use of the AED to City of Auburn Mayor Tim Cochran and Council Member Mike Robinson at the May 4th city council meeting. Photo by Julian Lutes.

On May 4th, Shawnee County District #2 Fire Chief Scott Hunt presented the City of Auburn with two AED’s at the cities bi-monthly city council meeting. One of the AED’s will be placed in the city civic center, which is the location of the concession stand for the Auburn Ball Association, and also hosts weekly “wind tunnel” gatherings of local citizens and is available for rent for receptions and parties. The other will be given to the Auburn Police Department and carried in the on duty patrol car.
“The civic center receives a lot of foot traffic, especially during baseball and softball season, having an AED on site in the event of a cardiac emergency will only increase the odds of a positive outcome.” said Chief Hunt. The AED’s are equipped with both Adult, and pediatric patches, and the Fire Department will be providing free training to the umpires, and any citizen who requests it as part of this program. In addition the Fire Department will assist the City of Auburn in the maintenance and upkeep of the AED’s.
The second AED will be given to the Auburn Police Department. “There are times when Auburn PD is closer to the call then we are and may beat us to the scene of a person in cardiac arrest, especially in the very rural and remote areas of our district. If they are able to get there and apply and use the AED in conjunction with CPR this could mean the difference between a positive or negative outcome” said Chief Hunt.
The funds to purchase these AED’s were donated to the department by the Southwest Volunteer Firefighters Association (SWVFFA), which is made up of the members of Shawnee County Fire District #2. The department then used its contacts to obtain the AED’s at a discount. Annually, the SWVFFA holds between three and four fundraisers a year. The money raised by these efforts goes towards the purchase of life insurance for its members, personal clothing replacement costs (for items damaged or lost while responding to calls), as well as donations to charitable organizations, and equipment purchases for the good of the department.
“As an association we felt that it was very important for us to give back to the community that has done so much for the firefighters and families of the firefighters over the last several years. Especially as our call volume has steadily risen. The community has supported us and we wanted to show our appreciation for that support and our dedication to their safety and well being.” said Billy Hester, Vice President of the SWVFFA.
In 56% or 305 of the total calls that Shawnee County Fire District #2 ran in 2014 were Emergency Medical Calls. As of May 1st Shawnee County Fire District #2 has run 99 Emergency Medical Calls which makes up roughly 42% of the current call load up to this point in the year.



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