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      Chassell first responders receive grant for new AEDs

      The Chassell Township Medical First Responders have five brand new defibrillators after receiving a grant for $5,500 from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The grant was applied for in November and the money was received in January.

      Previously, the first responders only had two AEDs that were stationed in the fire hall. The volunteers would have to go to the fire hall to get an AED before responding to the scene of an accident.

      The five new AEDs allow each responder to carry one with them.

      ??Early defibrillation is key, so with the AEDs in our vehicle and not having to respond to the hall to get the AED, we can respond right to the scene, cutting down time; therefore, getting early defibrillation,?? said director of the Chassell Township Medical First Responders, Derrick Verran.

      The first responders cover a 50-square mile area. There are seven first responder volunteers on the team.