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EQUIPPED - Wise Regional Health System's director of radiology, John Neal, who is also the Paradise fire chief, was instrumental in obtaining the donation of an AED to every local department. Departments also receive an AED from the county. "Those AEDs are kept on the trucks that respond to medical emergencies, not on the trucks that are used for fires, accidents, rescue, etc.," he said. "Carrying that logic forward, heart attack is the No. 1 killer of firefighters, and very few of (those) heart attacks occur on medical calls. Therefore, when firefighters die, we are not equipped to save our own." Submitted photo

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