Howard County Police Cars Equipped With Defibrillators

The Associated Press

9:16 PM EST, November 22, 2011

Howard County police patrol cars are now equipped with devices that can treat heart attack patients.

The automatic external defibrillator uses a computer to assess a patient’s heart rhythm and determines if defibrillation is needed.

This month, Howard County installed 50 devices in patrol vehicles. Police Chief William McMahon says the AEDs allow officers to begin life-saving efforts before an ambulance arrives.

The AED devices cost a total of $55,850.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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