Hampton Rotary donates defibrillators to Lane Library and Sacred Heart School
By Annie Hamilton
Hampton Union, Tuesday, August 12, 2008
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
Joan Correll, Rick Neville, Cathy Smith, Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Dan Dolan and Steve Benotti with the defibrillators donated by the Hampton Rotary Club.
[Annie Hamilton photo]
HAMPTON -- Hampton may soon be certified as a Heart Safe community. Two new automated defibrillators have been given to the Sacred Heart School and the Lane Memorial Library.
The Hampton Rotary Club and John Alibrandi, of First Responder Educational Services, donated the money for these units. Hampton Fire and Rescue will be administering the training needed by the staff at Sacred Heart and the library to use the new machines. The machines were given to Cathy Smith, the principal of the Sacred Heart School, and Amanda Reynolds Cooper, the director of the Lane Memorial Library, at a presentation organized by Deputy Fire Chief Steve Benotti last Thursday, Aug. 7.
The defibrillators are used to restore a heartbeat in an emergency situation. These automated defibrillators are almost more like external pacemakers in that they can sense if the victim needs to be shocked and they do not activate on the victim unless it is necessary. They also have speakers on them and literally talk to the operator of each device. The machines vocalize a step-by-step process of how to operate the defibrillator.
The device at the library is for adults only, and the device at the school has two modes, one for children and one for adults.
Despite their seemingly simple operation, the machines should only be used by people that have been trained to do so. That is why the Hampton Fire Department will be training the staff of Lane Memorial Library and the Sacred Heart School to administer the defibrillators.
"This seems like a great fit," said Reynolds Cooper. "Making (the library) a little bit safer is great."
The Sacred Heart School is the last school in Hampton to receive this technology, and businesses throughout the town also have the emergency devices.