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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota hospitals and ambulance services are getting new lifesaving equipment to increase survival rates in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the Helmsley Charitable Trust is providing $3.7 million to buy the automated chest compression equipment, the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System. He said the grant will place the devices in every hospital and ambulance service in the state.

North Dakota is getting a similar grant.

Walter Panzirer of the Helmsley Charitable Trust said South Dakota and North Dakota will be the first states to have the devices border to border.

The trust recently announced money to pay for research into unmet health care services and needs in South Dakota.