Grant funds Farmington Hills Fire Dept. defibrillators

Mark Hicks, The Detroit News
Sgt. Jarod Foshag accepted four AEDs on behalf of the Farmington Hills Fire Department from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Farmington Hills fire officials now have devices to help save residents suffering heart attacks, the city said Wednesday.

The Oakland County community's Fire Department received four automated external defibrillators worth more than $6,000 during a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant award event this month in Ypsilanti.

AEDs are portable devices that send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm when someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.

Farmington Hills Fire Sgt. Jarod Foshag sought the devices from the Firehouse foundation, which provides lifesaving equipment and resources to first responders and public safety groups through a quarterly grant program. 

The AEDs are slated to be placed in wall mounts at the city's four remote fire stations, officials said.  

“Neighborhood associations and community groups often use our meeting rooms at fire stations in the evening,” said Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh.  “This will allow for critical lifesaving equipment to be available to our residents.”

The Fire Department offers courses on CPR, AED and Stop the Bleed tourniquet training. For information, call (248) 871-2800 or go to