CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is in the process of installing Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) at 10 park sites across the county.
According to a press release from the county, the parks and trails in this first phase of implementation include Old Love Point Park, Mowbray Park, Matapeake Beach and Clubhouse, Route 18 Park, Church Hill Park, Pinkney Park, Conquest Pavilion, Terrapin Nature Park Ranger Station and restroom, and the Macum Creek restroom along the Cross-Island Trail.
Another AED will be installed as a mobile unit with an available Ranger.
Automatic External Defibrillators are used to help people who experience sudden cardiac arrest. A “sophisticated, yet easy-to use” device, according to the American Red Cross, AEDs are the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm to someone experiencing cardiac arrest.
While the American Red Cross recommends people seek the assistance of trained medical professionals in the case of an emergency, the organization also warns that for every minute defibrillation is delayed, the odds of the victim surviving are reduced by approximately 10 percent.
The Parks and Recreation department installed its first AED in 2019 at White Marsh Park. Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Caroline Hazuda, as part of her Centreville Heartbeat Initiative project, purchased and installed the device herself.
The countys commissioners declared October 6, 2020 Girl Scout Caroline Hazuda Day in honor of her “leadership and love for the community and for her extraordinary efforts to save lives.”
The Department of Parks and Recreation plans on continuing to expand its efforts and add more AEDs to various sites in the future.