By: Jenni Benson USAG Public Affairs
An automated external defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. A heart arrhythmia is a heart rhythm problem that occurs when the electrical impulses in your heart that coordinate your heartbeats don't work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layman.
The Garrison has an AED program in place and a regulation that explains this program in detail. FD 40-3 is available on the Fort Detrick extranet https://installation.detrick.army.mil/regulations.
It is the Garrisons’ goal to have 15% of the total facility occupancy trained to use and maintain the AED in that facility. Certification/refresher training in CPR/AED will be provided by the USAG on a bi-annual basis and shall meet current American Heart Association guidelines. However, if you have missed this training the Fire Department will work with your schedule to get you appropriately trained.
If you have already purchased an AED that has not been approved by the Fire Department please contact them to evaluate or replace your current equipment with the approved model and for training on that model.
Mission Partners will be responsible for establishing an AED program for buildings/areas under their direct control. If your facility is in need of an AED please contact the Fort Detrick Fire Department at 301-619-2528 for installation and training. For questions regarding the AED program please contact Firefighter Ken Wallech or Assistant Fire Chief Brian Wheeler.