AUBURN — An emergency can happen anywhere, but the township is doing its part to ensure such an occurrence does not end in tragedy.

In speaking with Auburn Fire Chief John L. Phillips about refining the fire levy budget, Fiscal Officer Fred May told the trustees that they thought it would be wise to install automatic electronic defibrillators, or AEDs, at all public buildings in the township, including the administration building, Town Hall, Adam Hall, the road garage and the park pavilion in the Community Park.

“We’ve got [American Rescue Plan Act] money coming in, and I think that will be obviously more than enough to cover having these automatic defibrillators installed,” Mr. May said, noting the township is expecting about $600,000 in ARPA funding. “If someone was having a cardiac emergency, one of us could grab this off the wall. It basically has a voice on it that walks you through what you need to do.”

Chief Phillips explained that the ones he’d like to see installed would be Philips models, “not one of the cheaper ones, but one of the better ones.”

Mr. May, in having been trained in CPR himself, said he learned the importance of having AEDs available in cardiac emergencies. The AEDs also walk users through CPR.

If a unit is removed, the township and first responders will receive alerts, and if the township decides to do so, Gillmore Security, an Oakwood Village-based security installation company, could also monitor the units for theft prevention.

Mr. May said the units themselves would cost between $800 and $900 a piece, plus the installation, security and communication systems.

Chief Phillips said to have Gillmore monitor the units or to have the units installed in stainless steel security boxes, which would include an alarm and strobe system upon being opened, new units with eight-year warranties would cost about $1,200 to $1,300 each.

Trustee Patrick J. Cavanagh said it would be a good idea to have the security measures and first responder alerts in place for Adam Hall and the park, but asked if it would be necessary for the town hall and administration building since the fire department is located just down the street.

Trustee Chairman Mike Troyan said he’d like to see all notifications installed on all units.

“If someone is defibrillating someone, you guys (the fire department) should probably know about it, wherever it be,” he said. “If we’re going to do this, I want to do it right. I want all new equipment, based on your recommendation for what would be the best piece of equipment, and get pricing on communication for all [units].”

Mr. May said doing this is a “no brainer,” considering the amount of money expected to come to the township through ARPA.

“Whatever we do for one, I’d like to see it done for all of them,” Mr. Troyan said.

“We’re looking at things that we can do with this [ARPA] money that will really benefit the township,” he added, noting the AEDs would do just that.

Sam joined the Times in 2019 and covers several communities and schools in the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County. She also oversees the features/community events and the website. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.

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