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California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA
Date: 08/27/2013

Over the summer the CSUMB campus became a safer place…for victims of a heart attack. The University Police Department today officially unveiled the new Otter Public Access AED Program that provides lifesaving Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) in 12 strategic locations around the main campus. “The goal of the University is to provide a safe and healthy campus for our community members” said Dick Bower, the university’s Emergency Manager. “This new program takes safe and healthy to a new level with trained people and modern technology in place to offer rapid, effective treatment to heart attack victims”. AED’s have proven to be lifesaving technology when administered to a heart attack victim within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest. The AED’s have been placed in white, marked cabinets in common areas of the following buildings: Otter Sports Center; Valley Hall Ste. E; Alumni/Visitors Center; Dining Commons; Student Center; Chapman Science Building; Tanimura and Antle Library; World Theater; University Center; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Information Technology; and Student Services.
While putting the campuses AED’s to work is a simple 3 step process, the Department supports the AED program with monthly First Aid/CPR/AED training. The training, provided in cooperation with regional ambulance company American Medical Response and CalFIRE, the campuses fire and EMS contractor is provided at no cost to the students, faculty, staff and affiliates of CSUMB. “We thank the University administration, our partners in Facilities Services and Operations, and American Medical Response and CalFIRE for their assistance in making this program available” Bower concluded. For more information on the campus AED program contact Dick Bower, Emergency Manager at dbower@csumb.edu or 831-582-3589.