The Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, contracted with the Wyoming Emergency Medical Services Association (WYEMSA) to implement the Wyoming First Responder AED Project in August 2020.
The project, funded through a nearly $4.2 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is intended to deliver LifePak® CR2 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and training to law enforcement, Game and Fish, and state and national parks personnel.
The first year of the three-year project ended February 28, 2021. At that time, 1,231 AEDs had been distributed, and at least 803 law enforcement officers and personnel completed the LifePak® CR2 Automatic External Defibrillators training provided by Stryker; a requirement of receiving the devices.
In Year 2 of the project, WYEMSA will work closely with the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services to produce a workplan aimed at increasing telephone-CPR guidance from 911 dispatch centers and support the creation of community-based CPR programs.