1889 Foundation granted $20,000 to the Berlin PA Lions Club for Community CPR/AED Training and the purchase and distribution of AEDs.

The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and safety of the region. The project has the potential to quick administration of defibrillation, which could increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrests and other emergencies.

“We appreciate the proactive approach that the Berlin Lions Club has taken to address these situations and we thank them for their tireless efforts to provide emergency services and education to our communities,” said 1889 Foundation President Sue Mann.

Approximately $5,000 will be used toward the training with the remaining funds used to purchase AEDs.

In late February, the Lions Club held a CPR, AED, and First Aid training class for community members in the Berlin Borough building to educate them on the use of the critical response devices.

“We plan to host another training course in the future, and we will also use the grant funds to purchase more AED’s as well as purchase parts, batteries and any other maintenance needed for the AED’s that have already been placed throughout our community,” said Berlin PA Lions Club President William Day.

The Berlin PA Lions Club began the AED Program in 2016 and has placed 14 AEDs in strategic locations throughout the community.