- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Defibrillator machines will be back on Compton’s fire trucks and ambulances after the city addressed concerns by Los Angeles County regulators that firefighters weren’t properly trained to use the lifesaving devices.

Michael Wilson with the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency says regulators determined Thursday that the city met requirements to carry the defibrillators. The devices will be back when all city firefighters receive proper training.

The Los Angeles Times disclosed in March that nearly one in four Compton firefighters lacked a permit to perform emergency medical care - a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

Fire officials were unable to produce paperwork showing firefighters had up-to-date training, and the devices were removed from vehicles July 3.

Chief Jon Thompson was placed on leave as the city launched an investigation into the matter.

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This story has been updated to correct that the defibrillator machines are not back on Compton fire trucks. A county spokesman says they will be back when firefighters receive proper training.


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