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SW GA Regional Airport gets life saving tools

Airport Director Yvette Aehle talks about how it will save more lives. Airport Director Yvette Aehle talks about how it will save more lives.
Travelers checkpoint before security Travelers checkpoint before security
Entrance of airport Entrance of airport
Defibrillator located before security Defibrillator located before security
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new terminal deserves new equipment but not just any piece of equipment but life saving ones.

Two automatic defibrillators are now installed and ready to use, costing around $1,500 and $3,000 each. Airport director Yvette Aehle says that heart attacks are very common and if you don't have the experience of CPR that this will give you the chance to save someone's life.

In the old terminal airport officials were faced with a problem, they only had one defibrillator to work with located before travelers hit the security checkpoint so if something were to happen after travelers pass through it would take a lot more time to get equipment to them.

"We would have to run the unit through the secure area which we could have lost time, so obviously this is much better having a unit on one side of security and on the other."

Airport officials feel it gives them a greater ability to help until the paramedics can get there. The rotary clubs that donated the AED's are expected to be at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport this morning at 10 for the official dedication and to talk about the importance of having these devices installed in all public buildings.

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