Willmar, Minn., receives Safes Cities signs
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Tuesday received highway signs designating Willmar as a participant in the Safe Cities program.
The city was designated for public education, promotion, awareness and early intervention in cardiac arrest.
The signs were presented by Bill Snoke, director of emergency medical services for Allina Health of the Twin Cities. Snoke said Willmar is one of 10 cities in the state to receive the designation.
Also participating in the presentation was Brad Hanson, Willmar Ambulance Service manager. Hanson said the program has assisted businesses and churches in the use of automated external defibrillator, which is used to re-establish effective heart rhythm.
Hanson said 38 AEDs have been placed throughout Willmar. In addition, 10 are in law enforcement vehicles, two are at the fire department and one is at the rescue squad.