With the help of the Molalla Pioneer's fundraising campaign, Molalla Fire has purchased two new automated external defibrillators

In February, the Molalla Pioneer held a campaign to raise money for the purchase of an automated external defibrillator for the Molalla Rural Fire District, but with the help of the community, the fire district was able to purchase two AEDs.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MOLALLA FIRE - The Molalla Fire District has purchased two new AEDs that they intend to make available for public use.

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. With AEDs being the only effective treatment for restoring heart rhythm during an attack, they believe that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.

To potentially help save lives in Molalla, the fire department is making the two new AEDs available to the public. One will be placed in the front office area and one in the back community training room when all emergency crews are out on 911 calls.

In addition, the fire district is starting a new program where these AEDs can be borrowed for large community events so that the lifesaving device can be available when one wouldn't be otherwise.

"This AED will need to be checked out from our front office and be handled by someone who is trained in CPR/First Aid," Firefighter Bryce Estabrook said.

With the new program, the AEDs will be available on a limited basis at first, until the fire department learns the demand and success that the program will have.

Thanks to the community's generosity, Molalla is now two AEDs safer.

"We just wanted to say thank you and thank our community members for their donations and being able to make this a reality," Estabrook said.

Kristen Wohlers
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