The Jefferson police department has received a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to cover the $2,790 cost of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for two JPD patrol cars.
Currently, only one patrol car carries an AED, and it’s 10 years old.
The JPD responds to medical calls to assist Greene County EMS. Officers are often the first on the scene. “AEDs save precious treatment time and can improve survival odds as they can be used before EMS arrives on scene,” a JPD grant announcement stated. “Our current AED is used several times a year and has been successful in saving lives in the past.”
JPD captain Heath Enns said the new AEDs will be purchased soon. He thanked the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for providing tools to improve services to the community.
About the foundation – In 2005, Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $33 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $359,000 in Iowa.