Railrunner Gets Lifesaving Device

New Mexico – New Mexico Rail Runner engineers, conductors and ticket clerks have been trained and certified in the use of lifesaving defibrillators that have been installed on the cab cars of each of the commuter trains.

Director Lawrence Rael says it's part of a continued effort to provide safe transportation.

In July, train staffers began weekend classes on how to administer defibrillator procedures to passengers in an emergency situation. This week, the last of 11 defibrillators was installed.

The defibrillators are portable units that provide the same action as those found in hospitals and medical facilities. Defibrillators deliver an electrical current through the chest to the heart to correct a critically irregular and life-threatening heartbeat.

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