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Record Number: 5217
Displayed from: Jul 02, 2009 , until: Jul 30, 2009
Fort Wayne Community Schools will receive two complimentary automated external defibrillators (AED) from Cintas First Aid & Safety during a special grant presentation to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Forest Park Elementary School, 2004 Alabama Ave. The donation was part of a national grant program to promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and provide schools with greater access to lifesaving AED technology. "We received more than 600 grant applications, all of which are deserving of a complimentary AED," said Nathan Barcus, Service Manager for the Fort Wayne market at Cintas First Aid and Safety. "Fort Wayne Community Schools was one of 100 schools selected to receive complimentary AEDs as they demonstrated the need for an AED within their facilities and best explained their school's educational program on how to perform CPR and to utilize the ReviveR AED, supplied by Cintas." The new AEDs will be placed at Forest Park and Lincoln elementary schools, the district's two largest elementary schools. AEDs are already in place at the district's high schools and middle schools and the Grile Administrative Center. "We appreciate Cintas' generosity in placing these units in our schools," said Mary Hess, Health Specialist for Fort Wayne Community Schools. "We know that emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. With so many people in our schools daily, we are happy that we have one more tool to assist us in the event of a medical emergency." The Cintas Scholastic Grant Program was developed to increase awareness of the benefits of an AED program among those in school buildings, including parent teacher associations, athletic directors, athletic booster members, safety administrators, school administrators, school nurses, teachers and students. "Approximately one case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs every three days in organized youth sports," said Dave Bingham, Director of AEDs and Training for Cintas. "It is also a very serious condition for adults, claiming the lives of more than 250,000 people each year. Our grant program will give more individuals immediate access to an AED, offering them a significantly better chance of survival." American Heart Association studies reveal that individuals with access to an AED within a few minutes of experiencing SCA have up to an 80 percent chance of survival. The odds of survival drop to less than two percent after the first 10 minutes, which is about the average response time for an EMS to arrive after the initial 911 call. Schools interested in learning more about discounts available through the Scholastic Grant Program can call 1-877-973-2811. Schools can still purchase greatly discounted AEDs through Sept. 30, 2009. For more information on additional first-aid and safety solutions, please visit

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.