The Calvert County Department of Public Safety has partnered with the Maryland State (MSP) Police Barrack “U”. Until now, the Maryland State Police Barrack’s in Prince Frederick did not have access to Automated External Defibrillator units or simply called AED’s. Recently the MSP arrived on the scene of a cardiac arrest and luckily, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office arrived shortly thereafter, saving the person’s life.
Law Enforcement units are dispatched on cardiac arrest calls along with Fire-Rescue-EMS units. Sometimes police officers are closer to the scene as they are on patrol. Some Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units carry AED’s in their patrol vehicles.
The partnering with the Maryland State Police will help citizens in Calvert in the event of a cardiac emergency. Quick access to AED’s is vital as it improves survival rate after cardiac arrest outside of hospitals.
The Department of Public Safety asked the Calvert Board of County Commissioners to present 5 AED’s to the Maryland State Police at Barrack’s “U” in Prince Frederick, for use in their patrol vehicles in Calvert County. The BOCC presented the units at their July 28, 2015 meeting.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon