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Cintas Announces Grant Program To Provide Police With Lifesaving Technology


CINCINNATI, OH, January 12, 2004 - Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) announced a new program to boost national efforts to put lifesaving technology into the hands of police officers, often the first to respond to life threatening, cardiac emergencies. The ReviveR Provider Police Grant Program is designed to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into the hands of trained officers.

"The American Heart Association strongly encourages businesses and public facilities to establish AED programs to increase the chances of survival for people with heart related emergencies," says Richard Stein, National Account Manager of EEC Programs for the American Heart Association. "We applaud the efforts of Cintas Corporation for initiating their ReviveR Provider Grant Program."

The Cintas ReviveR Provider Grant Program works on two levels. Police departments across the country are eligible to apply directly for the grant online at the program's web site. Four times a year, a department will be selected to receive four AEDs along with associated AED training from the American Heart Association. Through a civic underwriting program, qualifying non-profit and civic organizations interested in purchasing AEDs to present to local police departments can apply for special financing support. Information and applications for the program are available online at www.reviverprovider.org .

"Every year more than 250,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest," says Bob Mitchell, Vice President of the Cintas First Aid and Safety Division. "The program helps Cintas and civic groups support law enforcement in their efforts to rapidly respond to cardiac emergencies."

AEDs are sophisticated computer driven medical devices that deliver an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. The processors in the device are programmed to judge whether defibrillation is needed and prompt the aid-giver when to administer a life saving shock.

According to recently released American Heart Association research results, some communities where Public Access Defibrillation programs have been implemented have seen average survival rates for out-of hospital cardiac arrest improve as much as 50 percent.


About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products and first aid and safety products and services for more than 500,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Company has achieved 34 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.

 



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