Thanks to a grant made available through the University of Minnesota Center for Resuscitation Medicine, the Faribault Police Department will soon replace all of its automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at no cost to the City or its taxpayers.
The University of Minnesota received an $18.8 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to fund a program titled “Minnesota AED Project,” which is designed to provide AEDs to law enforcement agencies and first responders, aiming to increase cardiac arrest survival.
Data from Minnesota Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) shows that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents happen in homes, where AEDs placed in public facilities can have little impact.
The Faribault Police Department will receive 24 AEDs, enough to equip every department vehicle, and allow for spare AEDs to be placed in City buildings. This generous donation will provide the latest in life-saving technology for residents of Faribault and has an estimated value of $54,360.