By Ashley Silver
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recently acquired new equipment to help rescue people who have suffered sudden cardiac arrest.
According to WBRC News, the Jefferson County Association of Fire Departments and the Jefferson County Commission awarded a grant to purchase Stryker’s Lucas chest compression system.
According to the manufacturer, the LUCAS device helps relieve fatigue when performing CPR.
Sheriff Mark Pettway told WBRC News the new addition will help officers facilitate rescue measures while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
“We are first responders,” Sheriff Pettway said. “We go to the scene, we are able to help those whose lives are in crisis.”
The sheriff’s office also received AEDs, autism kits that help the non-verbal community communicate more effectively with officers, and Narcan.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 250,000 people die each year.
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