PHOTO (L-R): AHFAS members Joe Mendoza, Lou Marotta, Marci Mount, Janet Nolan, Bill Mount, Lance Hubeny, Coral Wasserman and Tim Barnes discuss CPR training and the use of new AEDs gained through a grant from the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad has received a generous grant of four new AEDs and a training unit from the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation.
The new units, along with two matching units purchased by the squad, have been placed into service and will immediately improve the care provided to residents of Atlantic Highlands and surrounding communities.
“Access to rapid defibrillation is critical to increasing the survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest,” said AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo. “These new units donated by the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation replace equipment that was badly in need of updating. This donation places state-of-the art, life saving AEDs in the hands of our members.”
The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation provided funding for four new AEDs, along with a matching AED training unit. The AHFAS also funded the purchase of two additional units, all from V.E. Ralph Emergency Medical Products. The devices will be used on all AHFAS frontline emergency response units on land and water, as well as in CPR and AED training for local community groups, recreation department sports coaches and schools.
In addition to providing 24-hour EMS services, the AHFAS is dedicated to educating community members about the benefits of learning cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how they are a critical link in helping in sudden cardiac arrest situations.
The Chatham, NJ-based John Taylor Babbitt Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death and is focused on installing AEDs in schools, athletic venues and public gathering places. The foundation, which is also focused on raising awareness for the need of AEDS and the prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest, was formed following the sudden death of John Taylor Babbitt in 2006. He was 16 and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing in his church basketball league.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad is an all-volunteer emergency medical service and rescue organization serving the borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally surrounding communities. The organization operates only on donations from the Borough and the community.
“The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has made it possible for our squad to have the tools we need to immediately save lives,” said Pandolfo. “It is an honor to have been chosen for the organization’s generous donation.”
For information about the AHFAS, please call the non-emergency number, (732) 291-8118 or visit www.ahfirstaid.org. Also follow the AHFAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ahfirstaid and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid. For information about the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation visit http://www.jtbfoundation.org.