In December of 2012 SEMS provided an AED for use by the Smithsburg Police Department in the cruiser of the on duty police officer. Since that time 2 of the 3 Smithsburg Police Department officers, plus the chief, have received Letters of Commendation for their actions assisting SEMS at the scenes of EMS calls. These have included deployment of the police department held AED and/or performing CPR.
Recognizing that additional AEDs, particularly in the hands of law enforcement, are saving lives both nationally and locally (the Hagerstown Police Department is an excellent example of this) the leadership of SEMS submitted a grant request with MIEMSS (Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems). SEMS was awarded 50% of the cost of 3 additional AEDs for the police department. The Smithsburg Mayor & Council agreed to fund the other 50% of the AED cost using revenue from the automated speed camera at the Smithsburg School Complex on North Main Street.
SEMS Chief James Ulrich and Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight are confident that the continued partnership between agencies and the additional AEDs will save lives.
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