Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that on April 26 the Baker-Polito Administration awarded grants to empower local municipalities to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for public safety and first responder vehicles. An AED is a medical device used to support people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, which is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who might or might not have been diagnosed with heart disease. The Everett Fire Department has received $2,500 from this grant, ensuring that its trucks will be equipped with AEDs.
The state Office of Grants and Research (OGR) received significant interest from municipalities for this grant opportunity, and as part of its process OGR recommended funding for all 246 grant applicants. State and federal funding of $527,000 will equip 246 vehicles serving approximately 70 percent of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.
With heart disease and cardiac arrest being major concerns for many people, it is important to have emergency response vehicles equipped with the right tools for the job in order to serve everyone in the community.