Middle Smithfield Township to Adopt Ordinance Requiring AEDs
Middle Smithfield Township plans to pass an ordinance at the October 25th Board of Supervisors meeting that will require Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in certain buildings.
If passed, the ordinance will require all newly constructed or substantially renovated buildings in the township with an occupancy load of 50 or more people to have an AED on premises. The proposed ordinance also states that the AEDs will need to be conspicuously located in plain view of the primary public entrance and are easily accessible.
“We require fire extinguishers to save buildings. Quite honestly, these AEDs can save lives. I personally believe it’s more important to save a life than a building, and if we can do something to encourage that from our businesses, it would be beneficial to everyone.” said township Supervisor Mike Dwyer.
The purpose of this ordinance is to provide for the public health, safety and general welfare of the township’s residents and visitors. Having an AED on premises can allow for life saving measures if someone should go into cardiac arrest.
“Part of our task as supervisors is to encourage our businesses to look out for the general population and their employees; this ordinance is something that has been done in a few cities across the country, but not here in Pennsylvania.” Dwyer added.
“We are thrilled that the Middle Smithfield Supervisors are making a commitment to make their community heart-safe with this new ordinance.” Said Rachel Moyer, President of the The Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund, Inc.
“Not only have they been at the forefront of having AEDs in all of their township buildings but also providing training to all of their employees.” Moyer added. “It is so heart-warming that Middle-Smithfield is the first township in Pennsylvania that has taken the lead on this initiative. MST is a positive example of how local leaders can take a strong personal interest in their community; they are a dynamic force of what pro-active looks like.”
There will be a public hearing to adopt the ordinance during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7 pm at the Schoonover Municipal Center located at 147 Municipal Dr., East Stroudsburg, PA 18302.
You can find a copy of the proposed ordinance on the township’s website: MiddleSmithfieldTownship.com/resolutions-ordinances/attachment/20181016114556670/