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East Carbon Pd Equipping Patrol Cars with Defibrillators
Police Officers Phillip Holt and Cletis Steele practice using the new defibrillators the East Carbon law enforcement department will place in all patrol cars. Police are being trained to use the device because the officers are often the first to arrive at the scene of a health crisis or an accident. The machines, which cost about $2,000 a piece, were purchased with a grant, explains Chief Sam Leonard. East Carbon is one of few departments in the state that will have one in every vehicle. The machines have a built in instruction program that speaks to the operators. The batteries will last five years and replacements will cost about $80. Even if the defibrillators save only one life, the devices are well worth the money spent to secure the machines, points out Chief Leonard.
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