The Buffalo Common Council’s decision to install more AEDs in all city buildings is a new resolution passed during Wednesday’s session.
BUFFALO, NY – In the wake of Damar Hamlin’s health crisis, local leaders are looking at additional ways to keep the community safe.
The Buffalo Common Council’s decision to install more AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, in all city buildings is a new resolution passed during Wednesday’s session.
“If I’m here on the 13th floor and I run to the first floor to get a defibrillator, how long will it take me to get through the elevators,” Councilor Bryan Bollman said.
It takes longer than the three-minute response time they’re trying to achieve. There’s only one defibrillator in City Hall, and it’s on the first floor. Bollman urges one on each floor.
“I have worked at City Hall for 15 years. Personally, I wasn’t aware of where our AED machines were and how many we had. The second part of this is that I ask for CPR training for our staff,” said Bollmann.
The American Heart Association reports that 350,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest in one year alone. Most happen at home or in public places.
“There are agents in the city of Buffalo. We have the ARP COVID dollars and we also have our capital budget that we use to fund our buildings,” Bollman said, adding, “We also have our regular budget.”
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