$16,000 grant providing life-saving equipment for all Richland Library locations
Richland Library is receiving a more than $16,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase life-saving equipment for all locations. Automated external defibrillators and accessories will be installed in every Richland Library at the beginning of April.
The AEDs will allow the library’s safety and security department to protect more than 40,000 guests who visit the libraries each month, in addition to nearly 1,000 staff members and volunteers.
The new devices will be used to provide medical assistance to cardiac arrest victims. According to the American Heart Association, immediate CPR or AED use can double, or even triple, survival rates.
Designated library staff are also undergoing First Aid/CPR/AED training, and obtaining a two-year certification to ensure they are able to quickly and efficiently operate the equipment in the event of an emergency.
According to library officials, the safety and security department members are proud to accept the grant, which is the first one ever in the department’s history. The safety and security department – made up of 15 full time employees and 13 part time positions – monitors library locations to maintain a safe, secure and welcoming environment.