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Project with a Life-Saving Outcome


AED Training

A goal of a grant received by the College of Menominee Nation to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) came full circle this week when a Menominee Police officer saved a woman's life using an AED installed in his tribal squad car.


Funds to purchase the officer’s AED unit was part of a 2010-2011 award from the Department of Health and Human Services for Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED). The main objective of the grant was to put lifesaving AED devices into areas and vehicles that might arrive at an emergency situation before a rescue squad or ambulance could. With remote locations on the reservation as much as 20-30 minutes away for ambulance services, the grant fulfilled a regional need.


Local community stakeholders met in 2010 to discuss the most strategic locations to place the AEDs throughout the community and decided upon the Keshena Elderly Center, Neopit Elderly Center, South Branch Community Center, Maehnowesekiyah Treatment Center, Tribal Community Based Residential Facility, and the Tribal Museum. Around the same time, another grant was provided by the Egan Foundation for the purchase of three units that were placed at the College. The mobile locations funded by the DHHS grant included Menominee Tribal Police patrol vehicles (10 units), Menominee County Sheriff patrol vehicles (6 units), Menominee Tribal Forestry work vehicles (6 units), and Menominee Tribal Conservation vehicles (3 units). It was determined the availability of these mobile units would decrease the response time for AED emergency services, and as a result, decrease the number of deaths from cardiac arrest in the community.


Eighty-three rescuers, staff, and community members have been certified in CPR/AED as a result of this grant and continue to provide CPR/AED certifications to local agencies, departments, and community members.