Cold Spring Richmond seeks to install 16 AED units

The CentraCare Foundation has approved the City of Cold Spring and the City of Richmond for up to sixteen (16) new AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) plus AED/CPR training.  The total value of the grant is $34,320 and is contingent that each AED will be installed in an outdoor AED cabinets in the communities.  The cost of the units will be funded via fundraising and donations within the communities.

The AED/SaveStation Project is a Joint initiative between:

Chief Jason Blum Cold Spring/Richmond Police Dept. City of Cold Spring and City of Richmond
Sheriff Steve Soyka (Stearns County Sheriff’s Department) Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce – Jim Eiynck – President
Advocates For Health Richmond Chamber of Commerce –

Patty Plattenberg – Chair


Recently, the Cities of Cold Spring and Richmond implemented a comprehensive program using the same CentraCare Foundation grant program. This movement  brought an awareness to the community about the importance of AEDs in an emergency and provided easy AED access to the community members of the City of Cold Spring and the City of Richmond .

Initiative Goals

  • Encourage installations to make AEDs available to the public 24/7 – 365 days per year
  • Create public awareness of AED locations
  • Educate the public on the use and importance of AEDs

Placing AEDs in outdoor cabinets will significantly increase the chance of survival by making the devices more accessible, to anyone, at any time.

Quick Facts

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a medical emergency causing death if not immediately treated
  • An estimated 350,000 SCA deaths occur each year in the United States.
  • When someone is in SCA, 911, CPR and access to an AED is critical.
  • Up to 80% of sudden cardiac arrests happen in homes and public spaces, where the chance of surviving is a dismal 5-8%. When an AED is used within 3-5 minutes, the survival rate increases to 75%.
  • Every minute without an AED, the chance of survival drops 10 percent.

Proposed Implementation

Phase 1: Installation will be at the following 10 locations in Cold Spring and Richmond: (See maps attached)

  • Third Street Brewhouse (Cold Spring) (Third Street sponsored)
  • Rocori High School (Cold Spring) (Rocori School’s Purchased)
  • Richmond City Hall (Richmond) (Kraemer Heating and AC LLC)
  • Hwy 23 & Hwy 22 (Richmond) (Gilk Plumbing, Heating & A/C, LLC, Richmond Fire Relief Association Falcon National Bank)
  • Cold Spring City Hall (Cold Spring) (In Memory of Officer Duane Heinen Sponsorship)
  • Cold Spring Baseball Park (Cold Spring) (Cold Spring Fire Relief Ass.)
  • Centennial Park (Richmond) (Richmond River Lake Days Run and Richmond C & C)
  • A&W Restaurant (Richmond) (Richmond Lion’s)
  • Cherrywood Assisted Living (Richmond) (Open for Sponsorship)
  • Speedway (Cold Spring) (In memory of Chad Kraemer)

Phase 2:  Installation at these locations

  • Splash Pad (Cold Spring) (CSR Police Foundation In Memory of Tommy Decker)
  • District Education Facility (Cold Spring) (American Family Insurance & State Bank of Cold Spring)
  • NW Richmond residential area (Richmond) (Open for Sponsorship)
  • Richmond Elementary (Richmond) (State Farm of Cold Spring, Partial Open for Sponsorship)
  • 3rd SE. Neighborhood (Cold Spring) COLD SPRING LION’S
  • North Pointe Park (Cold Spring) (Open for Sponsorship)

Costs   The Cities of Cold Spring and Richmond have committed to support this  initiative in the communities.  Project costs for Phase 1 totals approximately $35,000.  After the first year,  monitoring is $360/year.

Official Unveiling and Training   Third Street Brewhouse will donate all beer proceeds from the September 28th Oktoberfest Celebration that kicked off the  Initiative.  The Cities are also on a mission to provide everyone with the power to save a life. Free community CPR/AED training will be available over multiple dates. Details will be released at a later date.

How You Can Help

Checks can be made to: Advocates For Health

4067 Pine Point Road Sartell, MN 56377   *Please indicate which location you would like your donation to support.

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