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RECENT GRANTS AND DONATIONS ASSIST IN OPD FIRST RESPONSE CAPABILITIES
Local donations have helped OPD being better equipped in medical first response. Local hospitals will receive recognition at the September 3rd Ocala City Council Meeting.
The Ocala Police Department is grateful to the amazing assistance we received from the community that has helped us to train and equip our personnel in the area of medical first response. Both Monroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Regional Medical Center each donated 25 Phillips FRx AEDs to the Ocala Police Department for the officers to carry in their vehicles. The cost of the AEDs is approximately $1,400 each, for a total value of $70,000 each. Additionally, OPD received a grant from Firehouse Subs in the amount of $7,345.00 that paid for training the officers in First Aid, CPR and the use of the AEDs.

Although fire and ambulance services in the City of Ocala are well equipped and have an excellent reputation for effective medical response, the ability exists for the Police to reach a patient who is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) first, due to police cruisers being on patrol throughout the City, and fire and ambulance vehicles/personnel being static and not moving around until a call is received. Placing AEDs in police vehicles will provide another means to reach a cardiac patient faster and generate improved survival from an SCA.

Timing is important. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), reducing the time interval between CPR to deliver of a shock by event a few seconds can increase a person's possibility of survival. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances for survival drop by 7-10%. The faster a response is with an AED, the better the victim's chance of survival.

Once again, we are extremely grateful for these generous donations. As you can see, these items are very expensive and beyond our budgetary constraints. Even with the generous donation of 50, we still do not have enough to give to every Police Officer and Community Service Specialist that is out in the field. We would love to be able to equip every car we have with this life-saving piece of equipment; If you would like to assist us in making this happen, please call Major Dennis Yonce at 352-369-7182.

Both MRMC and ORMC will be recognized by the Ocala Police Department at City Council tonight, Tuesday, September 3, 2013, which begins at 4:00pm.


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