By Ed Harris
The Plainville-Southington Health District has recently purchased to AEDs (automated external defibrillators). One defibrillator was placed at the Municipal Center in Southington and the other at town hall in Plainville.
“The members of the Board of Health felt these were important public health and life saving tools,” said Shane Lockwood, director of the health district.
The AEDs, purchased in late Marc are a lightweight and portable device that delivers an electric shock to the heart. The defibrillators can help increase the odds of surviving cardiac arrest.
The units cost $1,800 a piece and include storage cabinets and signs directing people to the units. The defibrillators are the same models that emergency personnel use in both towns. The units talk a person through the process.
Town staffs are in the process of being trained on how to use the units.