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Louisville to purchase defibrillators

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LOUSIVILLE — Anyone who has ever watched a medical drama on television has likely seen defibrillators in action.

Now, though it hopes to never have to use them, the Louisville Town Council has agreed to purchase two of the life-saving devices.

The $3,260 cost will be taken from the town’s capital reserve fund.

“If they save one life, they’re worth having,” said Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault, who noted one would be installed at the municipal building and the other would be installed at Louisville Arena.

Town Councilman Roy A. Beshaw looked into the purchase, compared several companies and found Cardiac Life Products in Rochester to be the cheapest. That company also has digital software that allows it to monitor the devices from afar, eliminating the need for more costly service plans offered by other automated external defibrillator retailers.

Mr. Beshaw said the company suggested placing the machines “out of a public area” and building cabinets for the devices, which would be installed on the walls.

“You want easy access to it, but you want to keep it out of the public area,” he said. “You don’t want it somewhere where people could take it down and start playing with it.”

In Massena, he said, the arena staff keeps its defibrillator inside a cabinet in the Zamboni room.

Before voting 4-0 to make the purchase, Mr. Legault mentioned this purchase is something the town board has talked about in the past.

“Is this something we want to do?” he asked.

Councilwoman M. Gail Schneider said that at one point the town actually had money set aside to purchase at least one of the devices.

“It’s probably something that’s good to have,” Mr. Beshaw said, noting that although hockey season is winding down, that doesn’t mean the arena no longer will be in use.

“Winter is coming to a close, but there is still a lot of activity up there,” he said, noting the arena hosts the town’s summer recreation program, and with soon-to-be-completed renovations to the community room, the hope is the arena will be used even more than it has been in the past.

“I feel if we have the money, we should do it,” he said.

Councilman Patrick D. Carroll was not at the meeting.

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