Three SLO County cities to get new defibrillators

A trio of cities will receive new defibrillators, paid for out of the discretionary fund of county Supervisor Adam Hill.

Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo will each receive one of the automated external defibrillators, which cost between $1,500 and $2,000 each.

Hill, like the four other county supervisors, has a $23,000 discretionary fund every year, to be used for community projects. He has chosen to apply some of his money toward what he calls a “public safety community funds project.”

Hill said he has been working with the mayors, fire chiefs and police chiefs of the three cities to locate the best areas to install the devices.

The first one went in earlier this month at the Grover Beach City Hall. At least five more will be purchased and installed in key locations in each of the three cities, he said.

San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach already have “quite good coverage in public buildings,” Hill added, although Grover Beach does not.

He is looking to work with the Red Cross to locate a few in private areas such as the mission in San Luis Obispo and the Veterans Memorial Building in Pismo Beach.

In addition to $23,000 annually for community projects, Hill had additional money that rolled over from previous years.

“I want to be proactive on a project, and this is something I think is of great benefit to the community ,” he said.

“This is one of the best projects I have been involved in,” he said, adding that the devices “literally save people’s lives” and “should be everywhere.”