Historic Triangle PAD Task Force adding defibrillators
Date: January 6, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ruth Richey, Acting Communications Director
Phone: (757) 253-6864
The Historic Triangle PAD (Public Access to Defibrillation) Task Force will hold a news conference to announce plans to add more than 150 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public safety and animal control vehicles and facilities. Citizens are invited to attend the announcement and demonstration of the defibrillators Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Williamsburg Fire Department, 440 N. Boundary St. Local fire and police officials, community leaders and health organization representatives are expected to attend.
“In recognition of February as American Heart Month, the Historic Triangle comprised of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg will become one of the most heart safe regions in the state," said James City County District Fire Chief Bob Ryalls, Chair of the Historic Triangle PAD Task Force. “By strategically placing defibrillators throughout the community, trained citizen rescuers can greatly increase the chance of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.” A James City County resident will tell his story at the news conference of how he was recently saved by prompt AED response.
The Historic Triangle PAD program has already placed more than 50 AEDs in all Williamsburg-James City County Schools, all schools in York County's Bruton District, park facilities, the Jamestown-Scotland Ferries, Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and other places in the past two years. In addition, more than 250 local citizens have been trained in CPR and AED use. The PAD Program is financed through a $450,000 grant from the Williamsburg Health Foundation.
The community defibrillation program was developed to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims, a leading cause of death in the United States. In the Greater Williamsburg area, there are approximately 50 to 60 cardiac deaths each year. "For each minute that defibrillation is delayed, the victim's chance of survival decreases by 7-to-10 percent," Ryalls said. "The goal of the Historic Triangle PAD program is to achieve a 3 minute response time from collapse of the victim to the delivery of the first defibrillator shock."
For more information about the defibrillator program, visit www.historictrianglepad.org.