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Company makes donation to local fire district

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FINLEY, Wash. -- Benton County Fire District #1 will soon have a new tool to save lives thanks to a major company.

Agrium in Finley donated a check around 14 thousand and half dollars Wednesday to the district in order to help them purchase six new automated external defibrillator's.

"we want to partner with our communities, with our employees, and our customers. And this is a great opportunity for us to do that and benefit our first responders in the community and give them the tools they need to do their jobs," says Josh Regan, plant manager of Agrium's plant in Finley.

For the fire company which is a mix of career and volunteer firefighters getting the new devices which cost over $2,000 is a big help, "The defibrillators we have now are 10, 11 years old, which is getting to where they're reaching their life expectancy or a little past. So, this couldn't have come at a better time for us at the point," explains Devin Helland of Benton County Fire District #1.

The fire district says they will order the AED's Wednesday and expect to receive them in about six weeks.

An automated external defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device which uses electricity to restore an irregular heartbeat.