Montecito Firefighters Donate AEDs

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 23, 2020
Montecito firefighters Shawn Whilt and Aaron Briner pose for a photo with one of two new AED machines at Girls Inc. Carpinteria

The Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation (MFCF) has donated two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines and response kits to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.

AED machines are portable, life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. According to the FDA, the combination of CPR and early defibrillation is effective in saving lives when used in the first few minutes following collapse from sudden cardiac arrest.

 “With so many lives entrusted on our campus daily, we are dedicated to ensuring all the necessary tools and equipment are available, if ever needed,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “We are grateful to the Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation for outfitting our campus with these two machines and additional equipment that can be utilized as a lifesaving resource for our community.”

 The donated equipment from MFCF includes two Defibtech Lifeline AED machines, two alarmed wall-mounted boxes to house the equipment, two sets of pediatric defibrillation pads, two Curaplex Red Response kits, and two Curaplex Stop the Bleed basic kits. The Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation provides relief to underprivileged, disaster victims, and those facing emergency hardship situations, specifically as related to children, firefighters and their families, and burn victims and their families.

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria serves more than 1,100 youth between the ages of 4 to 18 annually. During the school year, the nonprofit’s facility is also home to The Howard School during the day. To learn more about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, please visit


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