- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Houma Police Department has purchased 10 new automated external defibrillators to help equip all patrol field officers with the life-saving device.

Police Chief Todd Duplantis says the department previously owned eight defibrillators, but these warranted extensive repairs after almost 10 years of use. He says they were donated to the agency in 2005.

Duplantis tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/1b6fETC) the new defibrillators, as well as repairs for the old devices, cost the department about $13,400. Each new defibrillator cost roughly $1,000.

With 18 updated and new defibrillators, Duplantis is confident that all of his patrolmen will have access to a device.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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