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Eagle County Ambulance District and Western Eagle County Ambulance District were of the first agencies in Colorado to begin community AED programs by placing the devices on fire trucks. Later, both agencies expanded their programs to other public venues such as the Ford Amphitheater, the Vilar Center, Public Schools, the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, the Gypsum Recreation Center and various public safety vehicles. Eagle County Paramedic Services has combined the two previous programs into one very successful program. Presently the District has just short of 100 AEDs placed in Eagle County.
Eagle County Paramedic Services has an AED wall-mounted near the entrance to its classrooms in Avon, Edwards and Gypsum. We are happy to demonstrate the device to you as it provides an example of the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program being nationally promoted by the American Heart Association. Our mission is to have every school in Eagle County equipped with an AED as well as all first responders. In the future you may find an AED publicly accessible in every building in Eagle County.
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Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is an essential public service. You can easily recognize EMS when you see ambulances and medical helicopters responding to incidents in our community, but EMS is much more than emergency medical response and transport. EMS is part of an intricate system of agencies and organizations; communications and transportation networks; trauma systems, as well as hospitals, trauma centers, and specialty care centers; rehabilitation facilities; and highly trained professionals —including volunteer and career prehospital personnel, physicians, nurses, therapists, administrators, government officials and an informed public that knows what to do in a medical emergency. Each player in the EMS system has an essential job to perform as part of a coordinated system of care. —Adapted from NHTSA