HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Five Hattiesburg public buildings now come with a potentially life saving device on hand.
An automated external defibrillator is now ready for emergency use inside city hall, the Jackie Doyle Community Center, the Train Depot, the Cultural Center and the C.E. Roy Community Center.
The devices are designed to help anyone who may go into cardiac arrest or respiratory failure at a moments notice. The defibrillators can be used by anyone and not just emergency crews.
"They're kind of a fail safe type of device. They're automatic. All the person has to do is apply pads and turn the device on and follow the directions," said Hattiesburg Fire Chief David Webster.
The defibrillators were given to the city through a private donation. Key employees at each of the five locations have also been trained on how to use them.
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