A thoughtful donation from a local gold mine is not only generous, say
EMS officials, but will increase the potential for lifesaving in the community.
The SSR Mining-Marigold Mine recently donated five automated external defibrillators
to HGH EMS Rescue for use in that agency’s Public Access Defibrillator
According to Marigold Senior Safety Coordinator Shane Anderson, his company
recently switched AED brands. In order to create consistency across the
mine site, the company opted to give away the five alternative brand units,
creating a very welcome situation for HGH EMS Rescue.
“This is an incredibly generous donation,” said HGH EMS Rescue
Chief Sean Burke. “We really want to recognize Marigold, not only
for the donation, but for the saved lives that may come from this.”
Since 2005, HGH EMS Rescue has placed 228 AED units throughout Humboldt
County; Marigold’s recent donation will raise that number to 233
units ready to prevent sudden cardiac arrest from proving deadly.
According to HGH EMS Rescue AED Coordinator Julianna Obregon, rescuers
have just 10 minutes to act in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Survival
rates decrease by 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute that goes by
Obregon said each year more than half a million people die from sudden
cardiac arrest “and most of them will not have had any presenting
symptoms for heart disease,” she said.
In contrast, use of an AED can double victims’ survival rates. Obregon
said the units are user-friendly so a bystander can use an AED to deliver
a lifesaving shock, which momentarily stops all electrical activity in
the heart, giving the organ a chance to resume its normal rhythm.
Chief Burke said the donated units will be distributed to areas throughout
the community with a high probability of use.
“We have seen the lifesaving benefit of AEDs over and over again
in our community,” he said. “This is an excellent way for
our community members to link arms with us and help their neighbors in
For more information on the Humboldt General Hospital “HeartShare”
Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, please contact AED Program
Manager Julianna Obregon at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1363.