The City of Perry, through True North, the city’s insurance provider, was able to receive a $1,000 grant from the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP) to purchase a new automated external defibrillator (AED) to have in case of emergencies at the city offices inside the Security Bank Building.
All the police officers in the City of Perry have an AED in their vehicles, but Josh Wuebker, assistant Public Works Director for the City, said that he has always wanted one for the Security Bank Building.
“We thought, there’s a lot of people just in this building for chamber, city, school, so if anything did ever happen, we have one here,” Wuebker said.
ICAP sent True North the check to reimburse the City of Perry for the purchase, which was made by Mike Thomason of Dallas County EMS. After the purchase, everyone in the building was trained to use the AED.
Those who were trained also understand situations where they would need to use them.
“Basically, it’s better to do something than do nothing if anything happened,” Wuebker said.
The AED also walks the user through the steps for CPR and won’t even shock the person if they still have a pulse and don’t need to be shocked.
“It’ll tell you to do compressions,” said Bob Wilson, director of the Perry Chamber. “It actually has a little puck in there to help with chest compressions, it has a little tray to elevate the neck. It’s a pretty crazy little unit.”
Along with the defibrillator pads, which don’t expire for five years, there is also a mask for CPR included, along with a razor blade to shave a chest if needed and more.
The idea behind getting the grant is that it is for safety and risk management, says Brad Bengtson, Risk Management Specialist at True North.
“What we found over the years as we’re doing these grants is, ICAP, will pretty much allow the grant if it makes sense,” Bengtson said. “The only thing they won’t utilize the grants for is purchasing fire arms for the Sheriff or the Police Department.”
They were, however, able to use the the grant to bullet proof the glass at the new E-911 center at the new Dallas County Human Services Campus north of Adel.
“Pretty much anything that’s safety related that will help mitigate risk and loss for the entities and the members are what they use it for,” Bengtson said.