Fire Department Receives $5,000 Donation

The Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) accepted a $5,000 grant from CITA Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in a brief ceremony May 20 at Golden Valley Fire Station 1. The grant funds the purchase of four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and two training AEDs.

Fire Chief John Crelly and Deputy Fire Chief Rick Hammerschmidt accept a $5,000 donation from representatives for CITA Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund.

Fire Chief John Crelly and Deputy Fire Chief Rick Hammerschmidt accept a $5,000 donation from representatives for CITA Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund.

Each year approximately 424,000 US residents of all ages experience sudden cardiac arrest, and only of 10 will survive. Recent studies have shown that administering CPR and along with shocks from an AED within two minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest can produce survival rates as high as 80 percent.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac events and uses defibrillation to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. It is the most beneficial item to save a person’s life during cardiac arrest. With cardiac arrest also being the leading cause of firefighter deaths in the United States, the purchase of these new devices will keep both community members and firefighters safer.

“It is critically important that as first responders, we have the proper equipment needed to save victims in any situation,” said Fire Chief John Crelly. “We are extremely thankful for this grant. This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community.”

Over the past two years, the GVFD has made it a priority to teach those who live or work in Golden Valley how to do hands-only CPR and how to use an AED. The AEDs use prerecorded voice instructions to walk users through all the steps of CPR.

To date, more than 2,100 people have been trained, and local companies have stepped up to provide the training for employees and to purchase AEDs. The City has received grants and donations to help purchase mannequins and AEDs for emergency response, training, and for City buildings.

The Fireman’s Fund grant to the GVFD is part of a nationwide philanthropic program. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support the fire service, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training, and community education programs. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $31 million, including more than $735,000 in Minnesota, to more than 2,100 different organizations. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like CITA Insurance Services, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest insurance providers.

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