GALLATIN COUNTY — Law enforcement agencies around Montana are making plans for a new, $6 million grant.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Hemsley Charitable Trust supplied a grant, so first responders could purchase new automated external defibrillators (AED).
AEDs are life-saving equipment used during cardiac emergencies. When used by first responders, they dramatically increase the chance of survival.
"Law enforcement's typically the first people on scene when there's a medical emergency because we're constantly out and moving, and so, we would get to a medical emergency and not have basic equipment that could provide life-saving efforts," explained Captain Jeremy Kopp with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office received 48 new AEDs enough for each patrol car. Bozeman and Belgrade Police Departments also received AEDs from the grant.