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Hastings Police to receive AED machines

The machines are being given via a charitable grant
The Hastings Police Department trained alongside 12 other agencies that are also preparing to...
The Hastings Police Department trained alongside 12 other agencies that are also preparing to receive AED machines.(cal larsen)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:26 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Police Department is set to receive 18 AED machines, or Automated External Defibrillator machines, courtesy of a trust-funded grant.

In preparation of reception of the machines, the police department underwent training, alongside 12 other law enforcement agencies, Tuesday morning to brush up on CPR training and learn how the machines work.

HPD applied for the machines through the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, which awarded the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services the $6.4 million grant for the distribution of AED machines to law enforcement across the state.

“It offers us the ability to be that person who can help right away,” Hastings Police Captain Mike Doremus said. “Typically police are the first ones on the scene because the fire department has larger vehicles, it takes longer to get there, so having these devices gives us another step up in the level of service we can provide to people.”

AEDs are portable devices used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrest through defibrillation, which re-establishes an effective heart rhythm.

HPD should be receiving the machines in three to four weeks.

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