Operations

Colorado Operator Equips Fleet With Defibrillators

Posted on September 28, 2017

Brett Craver, Operations Manager for Eight Black with one of the new AED's
Brett Craver, Operations Manager for Eight Black with one of the new AED's
LONGMONT, Colo. — Eight Black Executive Transport has installed life saving AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillators) in its entire fleet.

“We operate a separate business called Longmont Shuttle, and 25% of our client base are in an age bracket more susceptible to heart related issues like heart attacks and cardiac arrest. Cardio Vascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States every year," says Simon Chen, owner.

“We have a responsibility as a transportation provider to ensure our entire staff are adequately trained in First Aid, including CPR and now in the use of defibrillators. Just as important is the need to provide our customers with the safest and best equipped vehicles possible."

Part of the Longmont Shuttle team in front of an AED equipped Sprinter
Part of the Longmont Shuttle team in front of an AED equipped Sprinter
AED training for the company has been conducted by paramedics as opposed to First Aid instructors, who Chen says often have little to no real world experience.

AED’s have been mandatory on commercial aircraft since 2004. In 2013, the city of Denver adopted a program called Save A Life and installed 1,000 AED’s throughout the city. "I believe these life saving devices should be mandatory in all commercial transportation vehicles," he says.

“Our livery and shuttle vehicles are covering large distances every day. The average journey between Longmont and DIA is around 50 minutes. In winter, we are transporting families and individuals to all major ski resorts on a daily basis, and those trips can take anywhere from two to five hours depending on weather and traffic. If the average response time for paramedics is nine minutes in the Denver metro area, imagine the response time in winter if you were traveling on a major interstate in a snow storm," he explains.

Source: Eight Black Cars press release

Related Topics: customer service, emergency preparedness, passenger safety, Safety, vehicle safety

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