Representative Haggerty pleased Woburn Fire Department awarded over $2,400 State Grant

BOSTON – State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) joined with the Healey-Driscoll Administration to announce that the Woburn Fire Department has been awarded a $2,435.75 for the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to be placed in emergency response vehicles. More than $165,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 80 Massachusetts municipalities, public colleges and universities, and nonprofits to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for emergency response vehicles. This program will help increase access to this lifesaving equipment during medical emergencies when every second matters.

“By placing AEDs in emergency response vehicles, we are providing our first responders immediate access to this lifesaving equipment when time can be so crucial,” said Representative Haggerty. “I’m pleased that the Woburn Fire Department is among the grant recipients, ensuring they have these essential devices readily available when rapid response is critical. This statewide funding will help communities across the Commonwealth improve their emergency response and represents an investment in our communities public safety.”

An AED is a lifesaving device employed during a sudden cardiac arrest, a condition characterized by an unexpected cessation of heart function, irrespective of whether the individual has been diagnosed with heart disease or not. This device possesses the capability to analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if deemed necessary, administer an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, to aid in restoring an effective heart rhythm.

The funds were awarded through a competitive application process conducted by the Office of Grants and Research (OGR), a state agency that is part of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The FY24 AED Grant Program was open to all Massachusetts municipalities – with priority given to those with populations of 20,000 or less – as well as public colleges, universities, and nonprofits with emergency response vehicles.

Eligible applicants were invited to apply for funding of up to $2,500 to purchase one AED for an emergency response vehicle that is either not currently equipped with an AED or requires a replacement device. A total of $165,084.70 will be distributed to 58 municipalities, 13 public colleges and universities, and nine nonprofits serving communities across Massachusetts.