Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has announced the addition of two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines and response kits that will be housed at its Foothill Road campus, donated by the Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation (MFCF).
AED machines are portable, life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. According to the FDA, the combination of CPR and early defibrillation is effective in saving lives when used in the first few minutes following collapse from sudden cardiac arrest.
“With so many lives entrusted on our campus daily, we are dedicated to ensuring all the necessary tools and equipment are available, if ever needed,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.
“We are grateful to the Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation for outfitting our campus with these two machines and additional equipment that can be utilized as a lifesaving resource for our community,” Collins said.
The donated equipment from MFCF includes two Defibtech Lifeline AED machines, two alarmed wall-mounted boxes to house the equipment, two sets of pediatric defibrillation pads, two Curaplex Red Response kits, and two Curaplex Stop the Bleed basic kits.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria anually serves more than 1,100 youth ages 4-18. During the school year, the nonprofit’s facility is also home to The Howard School during the day.
The Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation provides relief to underprivileged, disaster victims, and those facing emergency hardship situations, specifically as related to children, firefighters and their families, and burn victims and their families.
To learn more about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, visit girlsinc-carp.org.