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Grant from Firehouse Subs Brings 14 AEDs to Pinellas Park

Grant from Firehouse Subs Brings 14 AEDs to Pinellas Park

District Chief Rob Angell of the Pinellas Park Fire Department received good news on Jan. 15 -- he learned they were awarded 14 new AEDs to replace the outdated units in city buildings.

The presentation was made April 21 at the Firehouse Subs Kennedy location in Tampa. Chief Angell thanked Grant Writer Tammy Hiller and Firehouse Subs, who generously donated the AEDs.

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Chief Angell commented, “This is a great new addition to what we have. The other AEDs that we currently have don’t interface with our MRx’s.  We are looking to put them in all our squad cars for our police. These are great tools, they are very easy to use.  Thank you Firehouse Subs, without you we couldn’t have done this this year.  They are the best thing you could ever buy for our community – thank you Pinellas Park Subs and Firehouse Subs.

Tammy Hiller also worked her grant-writing magic to obtain funding for 32 Scott Air Packs, which will protect the firefighters. During the recognition ceremony, Chief Angell praised Tammy “for getting the grants for the AEDs and Scott Air Packs for the fire department, and we really appreciate your hard work and effort and wanted to say thank you and express our gratitude.”

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Tammy worked for Boys and Girls Clubs prior to joining Pinellas Park department last year. 

Pinellas Park Fire responds to more than 12,000 EMS calls and 1,800 fire calls annually in the nearly 15-square-mile area the city serves, of those 107 are cardiac incidents.  The department includes 80 staff, 36 EMTs and 30 paramedics.

The new Philips HeartStart FRx AEDs will replace the outdated LifePak units. The Philips AEDs will save money for the department and features a pediatric key which eliminates the need to purchase separate pediatric pads. The batteries are also less expensive and the AED pads are compatible with Pinellas County EMS monitors, which will enable faster handoff as well as not having to remove one set of pads and replace with another.

These new AEDs will make a difference in keeping the Pinellas Park community safer and all are grateful to Firehouse Subs for their dedication. The Pinellas Fire Department offers monthly HeartSaver CPR classes to the community for only $1 per person and Healthcare Provider CPR classes for $35 per person. For more information, call 727-541-0712.

 

Pictured: Fire Chief Guy Keirn, Deputy Chief Mike Elder, District Chief Rich Ganci, Administrative Director Mary Ann Salch, Suzanne Boisvert – Emergency Management Planner, Bob Bray – Planning Director, District Chief Rob Angell and  Grant Writer Tammy Hiller.

 

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