New Lifesaving Equipment at Tyler Pounds Field Regional Airport

There's new lifesaving technology to help you in an emergency at Tyler Pounds Field Regional Airport.

The airport staff learned Friday how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

With the press of a button, the fully automated device will allow a trained airport rescuer to revive a persons heart should they go into cardiac arrest.

Trinity Mother Frances Cardiac Services donated the defibrillator to the airport and taught airport employees how to use the AED if someone at the airport has a heart attack.

"We have a lot of passengers that come through the terminals at all times of the day and the evening and we have cases at times where we have someone who does have a problem," says Davis Dickson, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Manager. "So this is just a great asset for our airport to have an AED here."

Tyler Pounds Field Airport Management is making sure every shift is covered.  That's why no less than one employee on duty at any time will be trained in using the lifesaving defibrillator.

Dana Dixon Reporting