The Capability: AED
All TSE officers are trained and certified via our Proprietary All-Hazards Approach℠. As a result, officers are trained and certified in a variety of healthcare and emergency medical care subjects; to include Basic Life Support (BLS). TSE officers working their assigned posts, on patrol, or who are engaged in performance of services have instant access to a variety of life saving equipment. This includes an Automated External Defibrillator, which is deployed in instances of life-threatening medical emergencies where a patient stops breathing, and the heart stops working. This is known as a cardiac arrest, and in this type of medical emergency – every second counts.
There are many different events that can lead to a cardiac arrest medical emergency. Many people typically think of an elderly individual that may fall or slump over, as a result of a cardiac incident. Others may imagine someone who had an accident in a pool or other body of water, drowning. More still, incidents of accidental overdoses, electrocution, traumatic injury, poisoning, and numerous other incidents, accidents, and events can lead to a cardiac arrest. TSE officers are able to quickly respond to these emergencies within our Areas of Responsibility (AOR) and jurisdiction, rendering immediate care. Typically, TSE officers arrive several minutes prior to fire department and ambulance personnel, which has an immeasurable impact on patient survival probability. According to a publication by the National Academies – Institute of Medicine “Following a cardiac arrest, each minute without treatment decreases the likelihood of surviving…”