Defibrillator Adds to University Police's First Response Capabilities
NEW PALTZ -- The University Police Department at SUNY New Paltz is now equipped with a new tool to support its mission to serve and protect the campus community: the automated external defibrillator.
With the new defibrillator, the police can now administer lifesaving aid to campus members or visitors suffering a heart attack.
"University Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day. They are the first emergency scene provider, responding to emergencies on the campus," said University Police Chief Richard Barnhart. "We feel this equipment will put us in a position to take immediate action even before an ambulance arrives."
The University Police's defibrillator is with one of the department's patrolling vehicles around the clock. However, before the defibrillator became "standard patrol equipment," all force members completed a five-hour training course on its use.
"Our community - the faculty, staff, students and the students' families - expect us to be ready for any emergency contingency," said Barnhart. "With this equipment and our training, we've added a new level of safety to the campus."
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.