SYRACUSE -- City officials hope to move forward aggressively with a plan to install automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in all city buildings to deal with potential medical emergencies.
Fire Chief Eric Froerer discussed the potential of installing two AEDs at City Hall, two at the city's recreation center and one at the public works building and one at the police department, as part of a strategy to be better equipped to handle emergencies. The total price for the emergency equipment is expected to surpass $9,000 and would be included as part of a budget mid-year review, where city officials tweak the existing fiscal year budget. That budget reopening is expected at the council's Feb. 12 meeting.
City Manager Robert Rice said adding the ACDs has been a topic since the council's last budget retreat, but he said it is time to act.
"We need to quit waiting. It's time to move it to the front burner," Rice said of the purchase.
Froerer cited two different examples from the state in the past few months, including a Utah State basketball player who was resuscitated using an AED and a case in Salt Lake where a youngster died during soccer practice, where they was no emergency equipment.
"These things happen and we are as susceptible for them to happen in our building as anywhere else," the fire chief said.
Rice suggested city staff could be trained in how to the AED by the fire department.