(Dublin, Ohio) Over 356,000 cardiac arrests happen each year in the United States. Quick use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR can double the chances of survival. The City of Dublin, in partnership with Washington Township, has purchased and installed seven new AEDs in six of the City’s most popular parks.
For every minute that passes without CPR and an AED, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. The health and safety of the Dublin community is the top priority. Based on these statistics, City staff began evaluating the accessibility of AEDs in community parks and conducted extensive research. The project, totaling just over $25,000, was funded by the City of Dublin, Washington Township and through a generous grant awarded by the Aladdin Shriners.
Today, four life-saving devices have been installed at Riverside Crossing Park, Darree Fields and near the Coffman Park Pickleball Courts in front of the Justice Center. The three other AEDs will be installed at Avery Park, Emerald Fields and Coffman Park by mid-March. The AEDs will help support the more than 55,000 children and adults who use city sports fields and all the residents and guests who visit these parks annually. The AED cabinets have lights, sirens, a heating unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled alert system.
While we hope that these life-saving devices never need to be used, they will always be ready in an emergency.
We encourage residents and visitors of Dublin to take time this heart month to educate themselves. Those interested in learning to use AEDs and what to do during a cardiac event are encouraged to seek training. The Dublin Community Recreation Center and Washington Township Fire Department offer year-round CPR, First Aid and AED classes. The DCRC provides American Red Cross certifications, and Washington Township offers American Heart Association certifications; be sure to specify which training better suits your needs as a responder.
For more information on our City of Dublin Parks and Recreation, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov/recreation-services.
About the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
Dublin is a city of nearly 50,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. It offers residents and corporate citizens responsive services, attractive housing options, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space, thoughtful and strategic planning, innovative ideas and technology and a dynamic community life. Dublin is ranked the number one small city in Ohio and is consistently named one of the safest cities in the nation. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District. For more information, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov or call 614.410.4400.
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