HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department could get 23 automated external defibrillators that would be used to restore rhythm to the hearts of cardiac victims.
The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to give Police Chief Arthur Smith permission to purchase the defibrillators at a cost of $28,635 from Lifework Inc. of Ellicott City, Md.
Smith said today that the defibrillators would be placed in squad cars and be used on people whose hearts have stopped beating. One of the defibrillators could save a cardiac victim vital seconds if a police officer is the first responder to arrive at the scene, he said.
According to city documents, a person's survival rate is reduced by 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute the heart has stopped beating.