By Kayla Carter
The Carter County Courthouse and its Annex are now equipped to save lives.
After the Carter County Health and Welfare Committee approved public access to them on Monday, automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, were installed Wednesday.
One AED was placed on the first floor of the courthouse near the elevator, the second near the checkpoint of the annex.
Although employees still need to be trained to use the AEDs, Carter County Rescue Squad Deputy Director Anthony Roberts told the Health and Welfare Committee on Monday that they could go ahead and installation.
Health and Welfare Committee Chairperson Jo Ann Blankenship propelled the process of acquiring the AEDs, which was first suggested in an Election Commission meeting.
“I think that is a great step forward for us,” Blankenship said.
Roberts told Blankenship’s committee during its recent meeting about ZOLL AED capabilities and special features.
“When you turn them on, they walk you through the steps of what to do,” Roberts said.
He said the devices are easy enough for children to operate.
“Anyone can use them. That’s the benefit of having them,” Blankenship said.
“There’s a diagram and just one button to push,” she said. “It won’t send out any electrical current unless it detects there is a problem.”
The next step will be to train county employees how to respond during an emergency that requires an AED to be used.
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