The Brazil City Police Department received eight new automated external defibrillators Tuesday at the Clay County Court House.
Commissioner Charlie Brown, with interim Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband, handed out the new lifesaving devices to Police Chief Mark Loudermilk, Det. Marty Beasley and Capt. Andy Whittington.
Program facilitator Gerri Husband said the county commissioners had received a total of 42 defibrillators in 2004, purchased with grant money from the old Clay County Hospital Board.
All county law enforcement agencies as well as fire and rescue agencies and public organizations such as the YMCA and Clay Youth League are eligible to receive a defibrillator when staff members are certified to use the equipment.
Fire Departments have to get state certification for their entire department because they are considered to be medical personnel. That takes more time and money.
The Brazil Fire Department and the Posey Twp., Bowling Green, Van Buren and Cory Volunteer Fire Departments are working on certification.
Loudermilk said that Sgt. Dave Archer first learned how to use the defibrillator then was trained to be an instructor. He returned to the department and trained all full time officers on CPR and defibrillator usage. It took about three weeks.
Besides the Brazil Police Department, those who have received defibrillators in the county are: Clay County Jail, Clay County Court House, Clay Youth League, Clay County Search and Rescue, Lewis Twp. Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff Department, Poland Fire Department, Carbon Town Marshal, Jackson Twp. Fire Department, Center Point Town Marshal, Clay County Reserve Deputies, Staunton Town Marshal, and the Clay City Police Department.