BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Sierra Sands Unified School District with its AED (Automated External Defibrillators) Program.
An AED can save lives by providing a defibrillation in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest.
The need for more AED units became increasingly dire after the passing of Assembly Bill 2009 which makes it mandatory for schools who offer any interscholastic athletic program to acquire at least one AED for each school within the school district to be available on campus.
In December, SSUSD reached out to Sheriff Youngblood to inquire about the possibility of providing any assistance.
KCSO has facilitated the networking of these entities to enhance community relationships. As a result of this community partnership helped the district receive enough donations to purchase 3 additional AEDs and are that much closer to meeting their goal.
The school district said that they are thankful for the support from the Sheriff's Office.
The response to our need has been amazing and our district cannot say thank you enough for the support. Working with Kern County Sheriff has been amazing from the beginning; they immediately asked, "How can we help?" Kern County Sheriff understands our requirements and our goal to make our schools heart safe. As a result of the generous donation, three of our elementary schools will have access to these life saving devices. Without the support of Kern County Sheriff, and their supporters, our district would have an extremely difficult time meeting the demands of the new legislation.