The Addition of Five New AEDs Will Enhance WFD’s Emergency Response Capabilities

The Woodstock Fire Department has deployed five additional automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in each of the fire department staff vehicles. With the addition of the five new Zoll AEDs, every vehicle in the Woodstock Fire Department’s fleet is now equipped with an AED.

 The devices were purchased with funds received from a national opioid settlement. The State of Georgia opted into national opioid settlements in 2022. Local governments had an opportunity to join in as well to help address the effects of the opioid crisis.

 “This investment by the City of Woodstock in the AEDs for the remainder of our fire department fleet vehicles is significant,” said Woodstock Fire Chief Shane Dobson. “When every vehicle in our fleet is equipped with this life-saving device, the Woodstock Fire Department’s ability to provide crucial Basic Life Support (BSL) to those experiencing cardiac emergencies in our city will be greatly enhanced.”

 In 2023, Woodstock Fire Department responded to 6,817 calls for service. Woodstock Firefighter/EMTs provide stand-by emergency medical services (EMS) for events in the community like Woodstock Summer Concert Series, high school sporting events, and community 5Ks.

 For more information about the Woodstock Fire Department and its services, go to woodstockga.com/fire. Woodstock Fire Department is accepting applications for firefighters. To learn more and apply, go to woodstockga.gov/jobs.