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Defibrillator added to Wildridge fire station

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AVON, Colorado – Eagle River Fire Protection District, in partnership with Eagle County Ambulance District, has placed a life saving device for public use in Wildridge.

“We felt there was a community need and we (Eagle River Fire Protection District and Eagle County Ambulance District) worked quickly together to fix it,” said Eagle River Fire Chief Karl Bauer.

The automated external defibrillator is now in service. You can find it located outside near the front door in a special cabinet at the Wildridge fire station. That fire station is also equipped with an outdoor 911 phone.

The device is simple to use and can help save the life of a person having a heart attack. Instructions are located inside the device. Calling 911 before getting the device will get the emergency crews on their way. Local professionally trained 911 operators will also walk you through the critical steps for CPR and using the device. It works by delivering a jolt of electricity directly to the heart muscle when an irregular rhythm is sensed.