The automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are being installed in the third extension of the holy site, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.
The device installation is being carried by the Saudi Finance Ministry’s Projects Directorate Office in conjunction with the country’s Red Crescent Authority.
“Scientific studies have proved that these devices increase survival chances in cases of cardiac arrest and breathing pause,” the office’s acting head Meshal Dahi said.
The official added that handling these devices does not require medical background. “It just needs some simple training in use and handling cases,” he added.
The Saudi Red Crescent Authority will provide the necessary training to large numbers of security employees posted at the expansion project, he said without giving specific figures.
In October, Saudi authorities allowed the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina to operate at full capacity, easing restrictions prompted by COVID-19.