FPD gets AEDs

A few months ago Forks Community Hospital staff members, Laura Kripinski, Laci Johnson and Rebecca Wilson, started a fundraising campaign to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Forks Police Department vehicles. The hope was that through donations and Outfitters non-profit receipt program to raise enough money to purchase at least one.

Last Forks City Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 22, FCH Hospital administration and staff members presented three AEDs that were purchased from the fundraiser.

A fourth AED was purchased as a result of a donation of $1,350 from Soroptimist Internal of the Olympic Rain Forest. Now all FPD squad cars will have an AED. Many times a Forks police officer is the first on the scene of a medical emergency.

The AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation.