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The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm, recognizes a rhythm that requires a shock and can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take.
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Most serious medical emergencies require more trained people than can be staffed on an ambulance to efficiently manage the situation. The fire truck usually arrives first to start a rapid assessment and to provide basic life support including airway management and cardiac defibrillation.
The combination of an ambulance and a fire truck forms a coordinated team to perform life-saving care at traffic accidents, heart attacks or other major medical emergencies.
Burn ban information is available on the Tarrant County Fire Marshal's website.
A multipurpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10BC on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C.
Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart no longer pumps blood to the brain or body. This is a sudden and unexpected event that can possibly be reversed if an electrical shock can be rapidly delivered to the heart.