Durham is putting new automated external defibrillators (AED) in all county buildings in an effort to help save lives.
Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the country. More than 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year.
Currently, only a few county buildings have the devices available, and those that do, don't have them easily accessible to the public.
The 30 new units will be in easy to areas and 911 operators will know where each unit is in case someone calls with an emergency.
"It will be a big benefit. It will help the first responders. It will help save lives because that's our ultimate goal here in the county is to save as many lives as possible," says Michael Webb, safety officer with the Durham County Fire Marshal's Office.
According to the Red Cross, the AEDs are the only effective way to restore a regular hearth rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. Anyone can use the tool, even if a person doesn't have a medical background.
Time is of the essence:
• The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes.
• For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10 percent.