Fire district seeks life-saving gear
Defibrillators in public places are becoming common, and for good reason, said fire Chief Richard Price. The devices increase survival rates of someone suffering from cardiac arrest, they are easy to use and do not require any training.
The department estimates there are about 100 public access defibrillators in the area, including at schools, churches, gyms and offices. There may be additional ones that have been installed that the fire department doesn't know about, Price said. That's where the public's help is needed., The agency wants to update its records on the location of the devices so dispatchers can point callers to the nearest defibrillator, if one is available, while waiting for paramedics to arrive. "We want them to have them out there. "... We want people to be aware of their locations," Price said.
A list of the known defibrillator locations is on the agency's website, www.firedepartment.org. Anyone wanting to report additional defibrillators may call the San Ramon Valley Fire Department at 925-838-6600 or e-mail
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