A Maine-based health organization has been awarded $600,000 from the federal government for automated electronic defibrillators in rural Maine.

Cardiovascular health specialist Tina Love from Medical Care Development in Augusta says the organization, working with the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council, is one of seven to receive an award from the Office of Rural Health Policy.

She says the goal is to provide 300 AED devices over three years to rural communities in six public health districts in central, western, eastern and northern Maine.

About nine of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. Officials say AED devices are especially helpful in rural locations where the emergency response can be slower.