UPDATED: West Hants firefighters receive additional defibrillator machines

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on January 4, 2016

BROOKLYN – Community members in medical distress may be tended to quicker thanks to the donation of three new life-saving machines.

Brooklyn Fire Chief Andy McDade said they purchased three new defibrillators — two for the substation in Garlands Crossing and one for Brooklyn's main station — via the BFD's memorial fund. The new machines complement the defibrillators that are already in service in the Brooklyn coverage area.

We've decided there's no better way to spend the memorial money,” said McDade.

Our goal is to hopefully have one for every deputy chief we have that responds to the scene, every vehicle that we have that has life safety equipment on it,” said McDade, noting that would help cut down on the time waiting for the machine to arrive.

Defibrillators are used to send an electric shock to the heart in order to reestablish a normal rhythm. They are often used when someone is suffering cardiac arrest. McDade said defibrillators are very easy to use. Even most CPR courses now include information on how to use one.

They're all automatic. You cannot shock somebody that does not need to be shocked,” said McDade.

They walk you through step-by-step... it's pretty simple. It's set up so that you cannot fail.”

The three defibrillators cost about $5,000 to purchase.