The Bowling Green Fire Division is working to improve community response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest situations by creating an extensive database of locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the city. As part of the continuing quality improvement process, Bowling Green firefighters are visiting and contacting local businesses to obtain this information. The database will be integrated with the county computer aided dispatch (CAD) software to allow dispatchers to give 911 callers directions to an AED if one is nearby when they call for help.
You can help by contacting the Fire Division by phone at 419-352-3106 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if your place of business has an AED present. Please provide the address, the name of the business, and a detailed description of where the AED is located. A detailed description of where the device is located within the building is very important so that a person who is unfamiliar with the building would easily and quickly be able to locate the AED in an emergency with directions over the phone. Information such as room numbers or any other distinguishing features would be extremely helpful. Bowling Green Fire Division appreciates the assistance of the community in all efforts to improve safety and readiness in case of emergency throughout the city.
According to the American Heart Association, there are over 350,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest each year in the United States. Along with early recognition, notification of 911 and bystander CPR, early defibrillation greatly improves the chance of survival and patient outcomes. These are all steps to the out-of-hospital “Chain of Survival.”