Burnett County law enforcement prepares for emergencies

Members of the Siren/Webster Rotary and Grantsburg Rotary Clubs. Standing: Renae Bears, Ted Knudsen, Jim Cook, Stan Peer, Cheryl Ingalls, Mary Knudsen, Greg Peer, Mary Cook. Seated: Tammy Twedt-Close, Sheriff Tracy Finch, Gail Potvin, Betty Peer.

The Siren/Webster Rotary Club decided on an important goal this year.  It was to purchase AED’s for all Burnett County police squad cars.  It was a large and expensive project, but the Grantsburg Rotary was happy to step in and partner with them to help them reach their goal.  The first AED was purchased with a grant from Polk-Burnett Round Up.

If you're wondering what an AED is – you're not alone. An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.  The machine “talks” you through the process of using it.  

Chances of survival from sudden cardiac death diminish by 7 – 10% for each minute without immediate CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation rarely succeeds. 

Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, more than 350,000 people will suffer a cardiac arrest this year. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED.  With the size of Burnett County being large, it can be hard for emergency vehicles to make it in time.  Now, eleven of the Burnett County Sheriff Department squad cars are equipped with an AED; hopefully this can save a life!  

Thank you Siren/Webster Rotary and Grantsburg Rotary!