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MBI committed to community

MBI Energy Services instructor Walter Warner explains how the automated external defibrillator, shown at his left hand, applies an electrical shock to a mannequin during a dinner gathering at the Roosevelt Memorial Lodge in Belfield on Feb. 28. (Linda Sailer/The Dickinson Press)

MBI Energy Services recently demonstrated its commitment to Belfield by donating an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to the Masons of Roosevelt Memorial Lodge No. 129.

"MBI started right here in Belfield—we're a home-grown North Dakota company," said Chad Miller, MBI's health, safety and environmental coordinator. "One of our core values is community. We started in a small community, and we want to keep that relationship with the community. The Masonic Lodge also is very involved in the community and we wanted to show our appreciation to the lodge, as well."

An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias and treats them through defibrillation—the application of an electrical shock to allow the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

The MBI training team leases the Masonic Lodge to hold new-hire orientation and employee re-certification, which translates to hundreds of employees per year making use of the lodge.

During their time at the lodge, the members identified the need of an AED and training for the lodge members. The AED, which was valued a $1,500, was presented during the Mason's Feb. 28 meeting and supper. Training on how to use the AED was organized the following night.

"What's phenomenal as well, is MBI is donating the training as well—we're not just supplying the AED, we're training the lodge members in AED, first aid and CPR so this machine is not just hanging on the wall," Miller said.

He said the instructions are very simple.

"It's very easy to operate. It tells you what to do," held told the members during the presentation. "It's fool-proof. It tells you when to shock and when not to shock. You don't need to be nervous—the machine walks you through nice and calm ... thank you guys and I hope everybody gets some benefit from this."

Gordon Mayer, Roosevelt Lodge master and an MBI employee, accepted the AED on behalf of the lodge.

"I about had a heart attack,' he said with a smile. "We didn't expect it."

MBI safety trainer Walter Warner said it's important to have many people in the community who are familiar with an AED.

"The lodge members are often out in the community," he said. "AEDS are all over the place, and now everybody will have an opportunity to see how they work and be comfortable using them."

Warner demonstrated the AED training module on a mannequin.

"It talks to you the whole time," he said.

The AED comes with pads to place on the chest, a pair of scissors to cut clothing, and a razor to remove any hair on the chest to prevent a burn. It also has a green light to let you know if the batteries are in good condition.

After the electrical stimulation, the AED gives direction for CPR—a series of compressions and breathing techniques.

"It will reanalyze the patient and it won't deliver a shock to a person with a regular heart rhythm," Warner said.

In concluding his presentation, Miller said, "As much time as you guys spend in the community, AEDS are all around and knowing how to use them will benefit the community as well."