Lifeguards at the Island Beach Motor Lodge in South Seaside Park will have another tool at their disposal: an AED, or automated external defibrillator, courtesy of a local fencing company.
An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm, used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Carl’s Fencing, based in Toms River, donated the unit this week to the motel’s lifeguards.
“This device will be used daily in training and in real-life emergencies,” said Rich Schlatter, beach manager for the motel. “In appreciation of such generosity, the lifeguards have applied the Carl’s Fencing logo to their Surf Rescue Boat.”
The device cost over$1,000, Schlatter said.