Marblehead, MA February 1, 2007 – RIBCRAFT, a leader in the design and construction of rigid inflatable boats (RIB) for first responders, military agencies, and yacht clubs, today announced that in honor of American Heart Month, it is donating a defibrillator to any professional customer ordering a RIBCRAFT® rescue RIB in the month of February.
Each year, roughly 250,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest. Defibrillation is the only known therapy to treat an individual in cardiac arrest. Delivering an electrical shock to the heart can restore the heart’s normal rhythm; however, it must be done within minutes of the arrest. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent. After as few as 10 minutes, very few resuscitation attempts are successful.
“We recognize the importance defibrillators play in saving lives. Unfortunately, budget cuts have forced too many agencies and departments to go without enough of these life saving devices” said Brian Gray, President of RIBCRAFT. “As a leading manufacturer of rescue boats for first responders, we want to assist our customers by offering the tools they need to help them with their jobs and ultimately save lives.”
During American Heart Month, RIBCRAFT is planning on giving away dozens of the life saving devices to first responders, yacht clubs, federal agencies, and tow operators who order a RIBCRAFT in February. For more information on this program, please contact RIBCRAFT at 866.RIBS.USA.
About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For additional information, please contact the American Heart Association. www.americanheart.org.
About RIBCRAFT RIBCRAFT has established its position as a designer and builder of technologically advanced RIBS that fulfill the most demanding professional and recreational applications. RIBCRAFT is a leading supplier of professional grade RIBs throughout the world. With models starting at 15’, RIBCRAFT offers RIBs capable of fulfilling any mission. www.ribcraftusa.com