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Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center Manager Courtney Morgan shows the defibrillator installed by the Smyrna Fire Department for the Center. SUBMITTED

The Smyrna Fire Department is installing 55 automated external defibrillators (AED) in town facilities, including concession stands at each ballfield, fire trucks and police vehicles, according to a news release.

The AEDs feature voice/text prompts, real time CPR feedback and rescue coach prompts.  These features assist the public, who may be first-time rescuers, if they administer aid while waiting on emergency medical services personnel to arrive.

“The safety of our citizens and personnel is our priority,” Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson said.  “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an AED within minutes of cardiac arrest increases the survival rate. We want to make sure that Town facilities and our front-line public safety personnel are equipped with resources that can help save lives in a medical emergency.”