Defibrillators installed at South Lake Tahoe city buildings |

Defibrillators installed at South Lake Tahoe city buildings

South Lake Tahoe Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin VanKirk and Fire Captain/Paramedic Wayne “Marty” Cree stand near a newly installed automated external defibrillator.
Photos courtesy Tracy Franklin |

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department installed Automated External Defibrillators in all city-staffed buildings this week, including the airport, Parks and Recreation Swim Complex, motor pool, senior center, transit center, services center and police department.

An AED is programmed to tell rescuers exactly what to do using voice and visual prompts. Rescuers attach adhesive electrode pads to a person’s chest. Through these electrodes, the AED is designed to automatically analyze the electrical activity of the heart to determine if a “shockable” rhythm is present. Unlike regular defibrillators, an automated external defibrillator requires minimal training to use. It automatically diagnoses the heart rhythm and determines if a shock is needed. With voice prompts and pictures, the AED guides rescuers through the resuscitation process, advising when to give CPR. If the AED determines the person’s heart needs a shock, it tells rescuers to stand back so a shock can be safely given through the adhesive electrode pads affixed to the person’s chest.

“The importance of early CPR and defibrillation within the first three minutes is imperative to a patient’s survival. Each minute past that initial three minute window decreases a favorable outcome for the patients,” said South Lake Tahoe Fire Department Captain Wayne “Marty” Creel.

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department performed a demonstration involving a heart attack patient earlier this year at a city staff meeting. The experience inspired the research and purchase of the AEDs for all city-staffed buildings.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User