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hiGh TECH DAvEDOUGlAs CUTTINGEDGEWIDGETs—ANDOTHERNEWsTUFF. AutomAted An AED takes up such little space, why wouldn’t you want one of these in your car? externAl f you had to distill what we do for a living down to one simple sentence how would you do it? My vote is: Law enforcement officers protect life and property. There’s a lot more to it, but pretty much everything we do from traffic control, writing tickets, rescuing hostages, enforcing landlord/tenant laws, responding to traffic accidents, DUIs, DVs, loud neighbors and even drug education programs at schools boils down to protecting life and property. Traffic accidents are among the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Out of all the safety devices incorporated into new cars the one most likely to actually save a life is the seatbelt, that’s why they’re mandatory and also why we’re charged to write tickets to those who refuse to wear them. It makes sense — protect life and property — that’s what we do. defibrillAtor Number ONe Killer i H HeartStart FRx one in every trunk eart attacks kill a whole lot more folks than traffic accidents. Heart disease is the number one killer — traffic accidents ranks 10th. So why aren’t we charged by our legislatures to handle this little problem too? We could hand out citations for driving under the influence of red meat; assault with a half-gallon of ice cream or conspiracy to gorge. I don’t think we’re quite ready for that just yet. But, there’s a way we can impact the death rate from sudden cardiac arrest — having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in our vehicles and knowing how to use them. I’m not sure about your agency, but in most places, when the “man down” call comes in and Fire, EMS and law enforcement are dispatched invariably we’re the first ones to be on scene. Not because we’re better drivers (we are), not because we care more (we do) and not because those other guys are lazy (uh, er) but, we’re already out there. We don’t need to get revved up and started; we’re already rolling. We need the funding to place an AED in every conveyance used by law enforcement. We’re already trained at the basic first aid level or better and it’s only about another hour to certify in use of the AEDs. P hillips is a leading manufacturer of medical devices. Their HeartStart series are truly lifesavers. Once you recognize the situation, get out the AED. It guides you through every step with clear, calm voice commands and visual icons. It will even remind you to call EMS. Pressing the blue i-button activates HeartStart CPR Coaching for assistance with CPR. Once EMS arrives, hand-off is fast and easy because the FRx is compatible with other advanced defibrillators carried in the EMS van. Phillips’ SMART Technology is at the core of all their HeartStart defibrillators. It assesses the victim’s heart rhythm and ensures the defibrillator only shocks when it should and that it delivers just the right amount of energy. Even if the shock button is pressed, the unit will only shock if necessary. The HeartSmart FRx is supplied with the Phillips’ SMART Pads II. They enable the FRx to keep pace with the responder during CPR by adjusting to their actions. The HeartStart FRx also comes with an insertable key for children and infants. Their smaller bodies require different levels of energy. The HeartStart FRx is designed and built to withstand the riggers of living in the back of a police car. It comes in a protective high visibility case. We should all be carrying one of these. * Here’s everything you need to really make a difference to someone having a heart attack. 14 Check out Phillips’ informative video at: www.heartsmart.com/ philips-heartstart-frx-aed-defibrillator-p/861304.html. For more info: (800) 422-8129 or www.americancopmagazine. com/phillips-heart WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY2013