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Donated AED Units To Aid TEC Safety Training

July 3, 2017

Students of Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control safety schools soon will get an up-close look at how AEDs can save lives. TEC received a donation of nine automated external defibrillator training devices for use by the department's Loss Control specialists from Cardiac Science Corp. earlier this year.

"We are eager to add Cardiac Science's AED training units to our safety meetings and safety schools with the goal of better informing co-op employees across the state about the proper use of AEDs," said Martin Bevins, TEC vice president of Communications & Member Services.

Cardiac Science presented TEC with the training devices and gave away a grand prize of a Rescue Ready AED kit during the TEC Loss Control Conference in March. The AED training devices will be used when TEC instructors teach first-aid classes for those organizations participating in TEC's Loss Control program. Loss Control Regional Supervisor Curtis Whitt said he hoped that exposing organizations to AEDs' value and usability would help them decide whether to equip offices and field vehicles with such devices.

"The benefit is for all to increase the possibility of reviving a victim and save a life," Whitt said. "The statistics don't lie: Average success rates increase dramatically by including the AED."