RRH and Liberty donate emergency equipment to Fairgrounds

RRH and Liberty donate emergency equipment to FairgroundsRepresentatives of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and Liberty Ambulance donate Automatic External Defibrillators to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The donations were made in response to two separate fatal incidents occurring at the fairgrounds. “Fortunately we had emergency personnel with AEDs on site at the time, but I have always had a fear that something would happen at an event where emergency personnel aren’t present,” said Chip Holloway, CEO of the fairgrounds. “When Chip reached out to us seeking assistance, we quickly got to work with Liberty Ambulance to purchase two new AEDs to be strategically placed at the fairgrounds,” said Fred Hawkins, director of emergency services at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. “An Automated External Defibrillator provides a shock to stop erratic activity in the heart and allow for the potential return of a functioning heart rhythm,” said Michael Metcalf, Paramedic, FP-C, and operations manager of Liberty Ambulance. “AEDs have been used in our community to save lives even before emergency responders have the ability to arrive on scene. They are a vital part of providing the best chance of survival and may be used by anyone by following the prompts the device provides.” According to Holloway, DEF has grown in the last few years from hosting six or seven events annually to hosing more than 45 each year. An estimated 175,000 people came through the facility last year. “We can’t thank Liberty Ambulance or Ridgecrest Regional Hospital enough. They are already major yearly sponsors, but this is above and beyond what they have already done for us,” said Holloway. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-05-31