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December 14, 2013

Health issue leads to defibrillator discussion at Solid Waste Agency

CLINTON — A medical issue with a Clinton County landfill employee led to a discussion on the purchase of defibrillators during a meeting Thursday.

Director of Operations and Education Brad Seward informed the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency board that emergency services were called for an employee, causing him to think about the fact the workplace had no defibrillators.

“Because unfortunately, that was too close today. And you can only get lucky at close so many times,” Seward said.

After the meeting, Seward further explained that an employee experienced a potential heart-related issue. Ambulances were called. However, Seward said the Andover and Low Moor departments are the first responders for the landfill.

“They get here as quickly as possible and they do a good job,” Seward said. “But in a matter like this, seconds and minutes can be the difference between life and death.”

Seward asked the board to consider the purchase of three defibrillators. He priced them at approximately $1,500. Clinton County representative John Staszewski said the Gateway Branch of the American Red Cross might be able to get the agency a better price on the equipment and training.

Seward will look at potential funding sources and get prices for the defibrillators. He will bring this information back to the board at the January meeting.

 

 

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