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Cintas Awards Lifesaving Defibrillator Grant to Belmont, CA Police Department


City Police Among Country's Best Prepared to Respond to Cardiac Emergencies

CINCINNATI, OH, May 17, 2005 – The Belmont, CA Police Department recently received lifesaving AED (Automated External Defibrillator) technology as part of the Cintas Reviver Provider AED Police Grant Program. 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 lifesaving shock.

Belmont Mayor Dave Warden, Chief Donald Mattei, and Sergeant Pat Halleran accepted the lifesaving gift at a special ceremony held May 17th at Belmont ’s city hall. The donation was part of a national program designed by Cintas Corporation to get lifesaving AED technology into the hands of trained officers, often the first to respond to cardiac emergencies.

Mayor Warden and Sergeant Halleran spoke to an audience of guests and village officials at the ceremony about the importance of having AED technology readily available. “For our purposes, it’s great because you don’t have to be a doctor or paramedic to use them,” said Sgt. Halleran. “We thank Cintas for helping law enforcement with this program.” Chief Mattei added, “By putting these AEDs into service, the Belmont Police Department will be able to supplement the existing cardiac emergency response capability provided by the South County Fire and EMS system.”

The Belmont Police Department was the fifth department selected to receive the grant from a pool of over 2,500 applications nationwide. “All of the applicants demonstrated need, and they were all very deserving,” said Mike Wallner, Cintas Reviver Provider AED Grant Program Manager. “We congratulate and thank the Belmont PD for their service to the community.”

The Cintas ReviveR Provider Grant Program works on two levels. Police departments across the country are eligible to apply for the grant online at the program’s web site – www.reviverprovider.org. Four times a year, a department will be selected to receive four ReviveR 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.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 250,000 people a year die from sudden cardiac arrest. The Reviver Provider AED Police Grant Program helps Cintas and civic groups support law enforcement in their efforts to rapidly respond to cardiac emergencies.



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, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 700,000 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 & Poors 500 Index. The Company has achieved 35 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.

 



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