Larry Stuker, left, along with fire Chief Roger Johnson, presented an automatic external defibrillator to Brett Miller of Warfighter Outfitters. photo provided
Larry Stuker, left, along with fire Chief Roger Johnson, presented an automatic external defibrillator to Brett Miller of Warfighter Outfitters. photo provided

A local nonprofit outfitter that serves veterans has a new piece of gear. It's not a truck or a boat or a fly rod or a rifle: it's an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), which could provide vital life-saving service out in the backcountry.

Warfighter Outfitters of Sisters received the AED through the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District's AED grant program. The goal of the grant program is to maximize the survival rate from incidents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). One of the best ways to do that, the fire district asserts, is to have as many AEDs as possible deployed throughout our Fire District.

Warfighter Outfitters is a nonprofit guide and outfitter providing service to the nation's veterans on hunting, fishing and engagement trips. The excursions include anywhere from two to more than 30 veterans on a trip. The organization is 100 percent volunteer-based and the trips are funded entirely by donations.

The Fire District grant program covers up to $250 in funds toward the purchase of an AED. Because Warfighter Outfitters operates on donations only, they needed the full amount of the AED cost covered. The proposal came before the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and Ambulance Association Board at their January meeting, and they approved the expenditure of Association funds to cover the remaining portion.

Brett Miller, founder of Warfighter Outfitters said, "With the remote nature of our offerings and the generations of veterans we serve, this AED will not only provide crucial, timely, lifesaving support to anyone on the river or in the woods, but will also provide peace of mind to all those on our trips and those around us on the river. This device is not only available to our veterans, but also the community that will be using the same water or land that we are on, and we always have many veterans who are very well trained with the devices."

Fire Chief Roger Johnson added, "We are honored to provide this lifesaving support to veterans who have sacrificed so much for all of us."

For more information about the District's AED grant program, call 541-549-0771.