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Fit And Well Idaho: AED's

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By Brittany Cooper

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Automatic External Defibrillators or AED's are starting to become more prevalent across the nation.

Two local businesses had incidents over the years that arguably could have used AED's at the time, but with a local grant program, they have them readily available at their facilities.

Last year at the Jerome Country Club, a long-time member suffered a heart attack on the green. The man ended up passing away. It's unclear if having an Automatic External Defibrillator could have helped.

David King, President of the Jerome Country Club explains, "that put the matter on the radar. No one had mentioned it before, but an incident like that makes you think."

The club ended up inquiring about defibrillators after one of the board members noticed them at other golf courses. Jerome just recently received the device.

King adds, "we want to have it available whenever the club is open because an incident can occur at any time."

The Automatic External Defibrillator is easy to use. All you have to do is open up the dance, turn on the switch, wait for a voice comes up and he'll guide you through the process.

"AEDs really step it up a notch and defibrillators really help to save lives and it's time well-spent to increase that person's chance of survival until the emergency responders can get there," says Laura Stewart, St. Luke's Magic Valley.

The Jerome Recreation District also had an incident where a guest experienced a cardiac arrest.

"And we had to perform CPR for four minutes before the ambulances arrived so it's imperative that we have the ability to respond to a cardiac emergency in a timely manner," says Gary Warr, Executive Director of the Jerome Recreation District.

The gym sees a wide-variety of ages with various fitness levels. The staff's main goal is to be prepared.

Warr explains, "it's almost standard issue in this day and age to have the ability to have that quick response."

Funding for the AED's is available through St. Luke's Magic Valley Health Foundation and the Rick Horner AED Fund.

To apply for an AED, please call Stephanie at 814-9026. You will be notified through email if you're a recipient of an AED award