With the presentation of a check from the Red Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, the third Automated External Defibrillator will soon be ordered and on its way to the Red Bluff Union High School campus. I want to really thank the community for their generous donations, especially the students who contributed about a third of the money to purchase the defibrillator and weather proof cabinet, said Capt. Dom Catona.
Students, using mostly spare pocket change, donated about $1,200 of the $3,429.22 brought in by the community, he said.
The department held a boot drive fundraiser at the high school April 23 and collected donations from the community to purchase the defibrillator.
This defibrillator will be mounted in an alarmed, weather proof cabinet outside near the football field and track, Catona said.
The minute the cabinet holding the defibrillator is opened it sends an alarm to let the fire department know and the device can not be used to deliver a shock unless it detects an abnormal rhythm, he said.
Two others are set to be located on the campus with one in the main office and one in the performing arts center.
The high school has over 1,500 students and staff and holds many community events through the year, Catona said. The potential of one of these units saving a life is very high. If someone has a heart attack it increases the chance of survival by 40 percent if the shock is given within three to five minutes.
Three to five minutes is about the distance between the fire department and the high school Red Bluff Fire Engineer Matt Shobash told students during his presentation at the high school April 23. The department thanked Esther Whalen, Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, students, Rolling Hills Casino, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and Sunrise Rotary.
I’d like to give special thanks to Karrie Roth and the school staff for coordinating the efforts to get the defibrillators placed on the campus, Catona said.
Donations can be made to the department, 555 Washington St., toward the cost of maintaining the machines. All three machines should be in place for the 2010- 2011 school year.