Platteville Emergency Medical Services is leading Platteville on a mission to place 20 Automatic External Defibrillators in city facilities this year.
Project Pulse was created to help save lives, since Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime. The American Heart Association states that defibrillation within three minutes of an attack can increase survival chances by 75 percent.
The Platteville Police Department has AEDs in some patrol cars, but they are not compatible with the units in Platteville EMS ambulances. Project Pulse would place AEDs in the EMS Building, Municipal Building, Platteville Public Library, Platteville Senior Center, Police Department, City Garage, Family Aquatic Center, Water Plant, Sewer Plant, Well 5, Rollo Jamison Museum, and four in police squad cars. Each of these units, including installation and training, will cost approximately $1,600.
“Our goal in EMS is to save lives,” said Brian Allen, Platteville Emergency Medical Service Administrator and coordinator of the project. “Placing AEDs in locations throughout the City can and will help save lives.”
Project Pulse committee members are seeking businesses, organizations, and individuals to help sponsor an AED. All fully funded AEDs will have signs designating the sponsor adjacent to the unit.
Donations may be sent to Project Pulse, P.O. Box 780, Platteville, WI 53818. More information on Project Pulse is available on the city’s website, www.platteville.org. All donations are tax deductible under IRS Code 170(c)(1).
Additional questions can be directed to Allen, 348-1835, firstname.lastname@example.org.