BOSTON – Four communities within the Norfolk-Plymouth District were named as recipients of funds through a state grant program dedicated to allowing municipalities to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED) for emergency vehicles.

An AED is a medical device used to support people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, which is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease. An AED analyzes the patient’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

The following local municipal departments will be receiving funds to purchase AEDs:

  • Abington Police Department – $1,846.00
  • Braintree Fire Department – $1,884.38
  • Holbrook Police Department – $1,405.00
  • Rockland Police Department – $2,224.20

Through the grant program, a total of $527,000 of state and federal funding will equip 246 vehicles serving approximately 70% of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. This grant opportunity was made possible by state legislation authorized by Chapter 24 of the Massachusetts Acts of 2021, An Act Making Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2022.

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