In the case of an emergency, Grand Park staff have been trained by the Westfield Fire Dept. in AED defibrillators and CPR. Grand Park has 14 AEDs throughout its campus, five of which are stationed in the Grand Park Events Center. The remaining nine are spread throughout concession stands and administration buildings.
“As a premier destination for youth sports, we place safety at the forefront,” Westfield Mayor Andy Cook stated in a press release. “The investment in onsite AEDs and the continued training of our staff and partner organizations further reinforces that commitment.”
An AED was used on Grand Park’s campus last May when a 13-year-old boy’s heart stopped after being struck in the chest by a baseball. A concession stand AED was used, and his life was saved.
“The large number of visitors to Grand Park raises the likelihood of a cardiac emergency occurring onsite, whether it is a player or spectator,” Westfield Fire Chief Marcus Reed stated. “The training of staff in administering CPR and the use of AEDs while awaiting EMS services will help ensure more positive outcomes.”
Grand Park also recently announced a partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine to provide medical care to youth athletes. For more, visit grandpark.org.