JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County volunteer fire department has received several new pieces of life-saving equipment thanks to an anonymous donor.
Powers Fire and Rescue has four brand new AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. An anonymous Jones County business bought the equipment, worth $5,500.
The life-saving devices will go to emergency medical responders. Other AEDs already in the department will be added to fire and rescue vehicles.
“We are just ecstatic about this donation of automated external defibrillators and associated supplies from a local Jones County business,” said Powers Fire Chief Joey Davis. “This donation will allow us to deploy new AEDs to all of our nationally registered emergency medical responders and shift current AEDs for deployment on our fire and rescue apparatus.”
Capt. Lance Chancellor said the donation will have an immediate impact on the department’s ability to save lives.
“Those were given to us by a local Jones County business who wishes to remain anonymous, along with spare adult electrode pads, spare child pediatric pads, spare batteries, you name it, safety vests. Just an incredible donation,” said Chancellor.
Powers Fire and Rescue, which is made up of all volunteers, serves the Powers community and Northeast Jones Fire District.
“Having an AED available for using during cardiac arrest emergencies greatly increases the potential for patient survival. Our EMRs and firefighters are certified in CPR and in AED usage and have utilized those skills and equipment three times in just the past two months alone,” said Powers Fire and Rescue President Ed Ritchey.