The City of Hudson has installed two outdoor automated external defibrillators (AED) units in the downtown. The two AEDs were installed by Hudson Public Power at the pergola at the First & Main Green and on a street light pole at the Southeast corner of the North Main Street and Church Street intersection.
An AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
“My heartfelt thanks go out to EMS Outreach and all Hudson citizens who generously donated to this important project,” said Fire/EMS Chief Jerry Varnes. “It is not often that your donation can honestly be considered being a part of saving lives. These AEDs will give everyone in those areas a dramatically improved chance for surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. They are so easy to use and can make a lifesaving difference in those critical moments prior to EMS arriving on scene. Thank you, EMS Outreach!”
For security reasons these climate-controlled boxes are locked. A resident in need should call 9-1-1 to dispatch emergency services and obtain the necessary code to unlock box and access the AED Unit.
The AED units were donated by EMS Outreach Hudson, a 501c3 with the intent to emphasize Emergency Medical Services role in the community. EMS Outreach Hudson functions as a donation site for equipment needed in the community that may fall outside of their normal budget. Due to our very generous Hudson residents, EMS Outreach Hudson raised $4,000 to purchase the two new exterior AEDs.