On Thursday a group gathered to mark the unveiling of a public access AED at the south concession stand Tod’s Point. This is the third AED at the park. There was already one at the concession stand at the old barn and one by the picnic area at the back bathroom where families enjoy the view of the New York City skyline.
The lifesaving device – AED stands for Automated External Defibrillators – comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off to summer beach season.
In a cardiac arrest situation, the fully automated AED device, which does not require training to use, can buy time until GEMS or police arrive on scene.
The device provides recorded voice prompts to the person operating it, but also a dispatcher will give instructions during a 911 call.
The AED station was donated by the Greenwich Lions Club, Greenwich Rotary Club and Greenwich EMS.
“Hopefully we’ll never need to use these, but we want people to be aware of them,” said Phil Brous.