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Defibrillators being placed at Las Vegas sports fields

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:07:01-04

A life-saving device is becoming easier to get.

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) can help in an emergency when a heart stops. These devices will be added to the city of Las Vegas sports fields starting Thursday. More than 20 in total will be installed.

Chances of survival drop by the minute after cardiac arrest if CPR and defibrillation don't happen. Unfortunately, many people aren't trained to use an AED or give CPR.

"It's great to have the resources there, but in addition to having the resources we also want people to be trained," said Frank Rutkowski, a spokesman for the Red Cross.

The Red Cross offers classes, but they are not free.

A spokesman for the city of Las Vegas says you can call 911 and the operator can walk you through how to use an AED.

"It'd definitely get the blood flowing a little, but if it comes down to saving someone's life I think I'd be able to do it," said Zach Perez, a local park user.

The first AED will be installed at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.