Fargo Cass Public Health and the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) have announced the availability of a new grant to place 18 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) with various local community groups. The grant will have a specific focus on rural areas, in communities with populations less than 15,000.
The new grant has two components: AEDs for qualifying first responder groups and a cost-match program for public locations that qualify for AED placement. The first responder portion of the grant will supply AEDs to rural organizations such as sheriffâ€™s departments, fire & rescue groups and quick response units.
Pat Traynor, President of Dakota Medical Foundation says, â€œThe AED program is really the ultimate for our Foundation â€“ the immediate saving of lives.â€
AED Program Administrator Holly Scott adds that there has been a change in the programs outreach area, â€œWe have expanded the coverage area of this program from 75 to 125 miles from Fargo and Moorhead. This will ensure that we are reaching all of the service area for Dakota Medical Foundation.â€
The AED Initiative has began in 2001 and has placed more than 500 defibrillators in Fargo, Moorhead and the surrounding communities and saved the lives of 23 people. Through the initiative, 1,500 people have been trained in CPR and AED use. DMF has invested more than $1 million in the last nine years into this life-saving program.
To apply for the AED program, go to www.cityoffargo.com/health.
Dakota Medical Foundation focuses its efforts on improving health and access to medical and dental care in the region, with a special emphasis on children. Since 1996, the foundation has invested more than $30 million to in 280 nonprofit organizations in the region. For more information, see www.dakmed.org.