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Sanibel Deploys AEDs and Save Lives

Sanibel Deploys AEDs and Save Lives

Sanibel Deploys AEDs and Trains Citizens in CPR

Sanibel Captain Tim Barrett

 Sanibel Fire Department Training Officer Captain Tim Barrett emphasizes the importance of learning CPR and having AEDs in churches, businesses and resorts on the island. Over the past four years they trained hundreds in CPR and how to use defibrillators.  They offer CPR and AED training for only $10 per person. All city employees are trained in how to do CPR and use an AED and that training has paid off. Sanibel Police have revived more than six people.

 Captain Tim Barrett, Sanibel Fire/Rescue

 Drowning Victim Revived

Sanibel Group Rescuer


Recently, volunteer firefighter Ron Gibson saved a life. An EMT, Gibson acted quickly when a 74-year-old male was drowning in a residential pool. He apparently suffered a heart attack and inhaled water as he was overcome. Gibson performed CPR for four to five minutes before a pulse returned. Paramedics arrived and took him via helicopter to HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, where he was treated and released. 

 Sanibel Library Trains Staff on AEDs

Sanibiel Library Team

 Visitors to Sanibel public buildings can easily spot where the AEDs are located. The Sanibel Library now has three AEDs and all the staff are trained in CPR and AED usage. The library hosts training classes for the Fire Department to train the community where local restaurant staff and businesses are welcome to attend. Overall, there are more than 45 AEDs on the island.

 Ozzie Flores, Betsy Eidem & Cathy Cameron are trained in CPR


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