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Council OKs buying more auto defib units

However, some on council question cost, timing of purchase

Pictured is a ZOLL automatic external defibrillator like the ones purchased by the city Monday night.

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 When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count. That is why a divided Great Bend City Council Monday night approved buying the 10 automatic external defibrillators to be placed in city facilities.

The devices will be purchased from ZOLL Medical, Chelmsford, Mass., at a cost of $15,460.41. This was the most cost-effective plan, Fire Chief Luke McCormick said.

“It is hoped that they are never needed,” McCormick said. But, a victim’s chance of survival jumps from 5 to 24 percent if an AED is used by a trained bystander prior to the arrival of emergency personnel ...

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