Farmington Hills firefighter’s effort earns new AEDs

Thanks to one firefighter’s initiative, the Farmington Hills Fire Department has received four new life-saving AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

Sergeant Jarod Foshag and several other members of the department attended the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant award event, held July 11 at the Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center in Ypsilanti. Lifesaving equipment with a total value of more than $260,000 was awarded to 14 regional fire departments.

Sgt. Jarod Foshag at Firehouse Subs Grant Award Event
Sergeant Jarod Foshag accepted four AEDs on behalf of the Farmington Hills Fire Department from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (City of Farmington Hills)

AEDs send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. The portable devices treat sudden cardiac arrest where the heart unexpectedly stops beating.

The four new AEDs will be placed in wall mounts at four remote fire stations throughout the City of Farmington Hills.

“Neighborhood associations and community groups often use our meeting rooms at fire stations in the evening,” said Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh. “This will allow for critical lifesaving equipment to be available to our residents.”

CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleed tourniquet training courses are offered on a routine basis by the Farmington Hills Fire Department. Contact Fire Headquarters at 248-871-2800 or visit fhgov.com for information about the next available class.

Founded in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provides lifesaving equipment and needed resources to first responders and public safety organizations through a quarterly grant program. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has awarded more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including more than $803,000 in Michigan.