FASTEX of Dallas-Fort Worth Grants an AED to Local Special Olympics

FASTEX, a local provider of first aid and safety training and supplies in the DFW area, recently donated an automated external defibrillator to Special Olympics Texas, through their AED Grant Program, in an effort to help the organization save lives.

Online PR News – 02-December-2013 – Dallas/Texas – FASTEX of North Texas donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Special Olympics Texas at a Flag Football Competition on November 17, 2013. The donation, which was the first AED to be given to an organization in need through FASTEX's new AED Grant Program, will assist the local Special Olympics in responding quickly to life threatening incidents of sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA. Sudden cardiac arrest takes the lives of more than 350,000 people annually, and is particularly risky for people with Down's Syndrome.

"The Special Olympics organization is near and dear to us," said Fran Riggs, owner and manager of FASTEX. "Tragically, Special Olympics Texas has experienced the death of several athletes due to sudden cardiac arrest." SCA, which claims a life every two minutes in the U.S., makes the heart suddenly beat erratically, and causes the victim to collapse and stop breathing. An automated external defibrillator, or AED, makes it possible for anyone nearby to attempt to save that person's life.

The award of the automated external defibrillator was well received. "They were so relieved to now have an AED to bring to all of their events," Ms. Riggs said. While her FASTEX team often provides first aid and safety services at these events, the ability to respond on their own to SCA emergencies, under any circumstances, will provide the local Special Olympics organization with peace of mind.

Ms. Riggs explained that people often rely on 911 calls in emergency situations, but SCA happens fast. The average time it takes for emergency teams to arrive is about 13 minutes, but a victim of SCA may not survive more than 5. "Our mission is to educate people about sudden cardiac arrest, and get AEDs into the hands of more people who can help save a life," Ms. Riggs said.

The FASTEX AED Grant Program is available to all organizations in need. Those who wish to apply for an AED grant are encouraged to submit an application for review. Donors are also welcome to contribute funds to the program to assist FASTEX in its mission to get more AEDs into more area organizations and save more lives.

FASTEX is an established area leader in first aid training and supplies, CPR training and AED program management in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. FASTEX can be reached at 972-733-0073, or Or visit" target="_blank" class="highlight_link" rel="nofollow">>.

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