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Arrhythmia Alliance Declares Bluffton HeartSafe Again Thanks to Community Support

As we reverence our sweet land of liberty this Independence Day, we can also celebrate the replacement of two life-saving Automated External Defibrillators AEDs in the Bluffton Fire District restoring its HeartSafe status. The community support has sparked like fireworks in response to the two Bluffton AEDs that were stolen over the Memorial Day Weekend and has reiterated the importance of making AEDs available to all in the unfortunate event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Thanks to generous contributions, Arrhythmia Alliance was able to replace these life-saving devices. These invaluable donations will help save lives in the Bluffton area by making the local community, once again, Heartsafe. Arrhythmia Alliance is delighted to know that these vital AEDs will be replaced prior to the loss of any lives. It is truly reassuring to know that the caring spirit of our community is alive and well.

   

To read news articles from this event, click any of the links provided below:

https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20190701/stolen-aeds-in-bluffton-replaced-via-public-donations

https://www.wtoc.com/2019/05/30/two-aeds-stolen-over-memorial-day-weekend-bluffton/

https://www.wsav.com/crime-safety/aeds-stolen-from-public-areas-in-lowcountry-officials-say/

https://www.islandpacket.com/living/home-garden/article231572093

 

Community Foundation of the Low Country Grant 

In 2018, Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) in partnership with the Bluffton Township Fire District (BTFD) and with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, continues to ensure that the Town of Bluffton remains a HeartSafe community. To date, because of the A-A “Defibs Save Lives” campaign, approximately 70 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) have been placed within the Bluffton Community.

A-A representative, stated “we are always happy to donate AED’s to our Defibs Save Lives Bluffton Hearts Matter campaign. In 2015, A-A equipped 31 Bluffton police patrol vehicles with AED’s and from then on we continued to strive in making Bluffton a HeartSafe community.”

Thanks to the generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry we have donated a further 25 AED’s. Our aim is to raise enough funds and to obtain donations to make Bluffton’s community equipped and readily available in the event a sudden cardiac arrest occurs. To date, three of the AED’s donated to Bluffton have successfully been utilized in lives being saved. Every heart matters and certainly Bluffton Hearts Matter.

View the Community Foundation of the Low Country 2018 Annual Report featuring the Arrhythmia Alliance Defibs Save Lives - #Bluffton Hearts Matter campaign, here.

 

Haven Helping Hands

Arrhythmia Alliance is thankful to the continued support by Haven Helping Hands. In 2017, they have made four donations to the organization to place new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Bluffton, South Carolina. So far, two AEDs have been placed in police vehicles and two have been placed as public accessible defibrillators.  

    

 

Additional AEDs Placed By Bluffton

Arrhythmia Alliance and the Town of Bluffton have placed additional public access defibrillators (PADs) around Bluffton. The defibrillators were all officially placed by August 2, 2017. 

According to Arrhythmia Alliance Founder Trudie Lobban MBE, “We are thrilled that the Town have followed through on their promise to donate PADs to the Arrhythmia Alliance Defibs Save Lives - #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. Following the placement of 31 AEDs in all the Bluffton Police vehicles we then partnered with BTFD to make Bluffton Heartsafe. It is wonderful to have the support of the Town and Mayor to support this great campaign.”

Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka is enthusiastic about the growing campaign. “We continue to get closer and closer to becoming a HeartSafe town and I’m very proud to be part of that. These new AEDs show how strong the partnership between Arrhythmia Alliance, Police Department, Fire Department, and Town of Bluffton is and I hope over the next several months we can raise more funds to place more AEDs in public places,” stated Mayor Sulka.

BTFD Police Chief John Thompson also included, “The Fire District is excited about the new AED’s donated to the Arrhythmia Alliance Defibs Save Lives - #Bluffton Hearts Matter campaign. These new AED’s continue the efforts to make Bluffton a safer community for all of its citizens and guests.” 

Locations of the new Public Accessible Defibrillators (PADs) include in Oscar Frazier Park, the Bluffton Police Department Substation, Oyster Factory Park Boat Dock, the end of Calhoun Street across from the Church of the Cross, and the empty lot across from the Dispensary on Calhoun Street.  

  

  

 

All Joy Boat Landing

On May 26, 2017, Arrhythmia Alliance, the Bluffton Township Fire District, Marine Rescue Squadrons, and All Joy Preservation Commission unveiled a newly placed public access defibrillator at the All Joy Boat Ramp. 

    

 

#BlufftonHeartsMatter First Public Access Defibrillator Placement

The first placement of the Defibs Save Lives #BlufftonHeartsMatter public access defibrillator, in partnership with Bluffton Township Fire District, took place on May 16, 2017. Arrhythmia Alliance Founder and CEO Trudie Lobban MBE, as well as Bluffton Township Fire District Chief John Thompson and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka were all in attendance. Additionally, Arrhythmia Alliance surprised Haven Helping Hands with their new AED and cabinet for placement later in the month.

         

To read news articles from this event, click any of the links provided below:

http://www.wtoc.com/story/35443618/public-access-defibrillator-in-dubois-park-bluffton

http://fox28media.com/news/local/bluffton-installs-first-public-use-aed

http://www.islandpacket.com/entertainment/local-events/article150602807.html

 

Can you locate your nearest AED, if not contact us.

 


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