SALT LAKE CITY — Rangers at Utah’s state parks will have another tool at their disposal in the event of a medical emergency thanks to a gift from a somewhat unlikely source.
AAA Utah announced Friday the donation of $70,000 to Utah State Parks for medical and rescue equipment. The gift will provide park rangers with greater access to life-saving medical devices and training opportunities, the company stated.
The bulk of the funding will be used to purchase 60 defibrillators, along with other necessities like bandages. The devices will be distributed throughout the 43 parks statewide with some larger parks receiving two devices, said Utah State Parks chief of law enforcement Christopher Quick.
“The combination of (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) with the device is what can really help to save people’s lives,” Quick said. The donation was made through AAA’s charitable giving foundation.
AAA is committed to the mission of supporting rescue organizations and keeping communities safe, said public affairs director Bob Brown. It is the company's desire to build a stronger and more prepared Utah.
“AAA is known for roadside rescue, and this aligns with the mission of the park rangers and other first responders,” Brown said. “We’re looking for where there is a need to help the community be better prepared and be able to respond in an emergency.”