By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – A federal firefighter grant awarded to 14 local communities will enable Dearborn to purchase seven Automated External Defibrillators, six LIFEPAK-15 heart monitors and 10 chest compression machines for patient transport.
Fire Chief Joseph Murray said in an Oct. 23 memo to the mayor and city council that the Dearborn Fire Department was a sub-recipient awardee of the highly competitive Federal Emergency Management Agency – Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase Emergency Medical Service cardiac equipment.
Dearborn Heights was the lead agency which applied for the regional grant.
The federal grant provided $146,457, and Dearborn was required to provide 10 percent of the funding, $14,644, as a local match, which was provided through the general fund.
The LIFEPAK-15 heart monitors will replace dated, out-of-service LIFEPAK-12 heart monitors.
Two of the cardiac monitors which are being replaced have been in service since 1997, and are nearing the end of its expected useful life.
The Automatic External Defibrillators and chest compression machines, made by Physio Control Co., have a consistent equipment service record, and reliable pad and replacement part availability.
Murray said the chest compression machines are capability of continuing high-quality CPR during transport and when a patient is transferred outside of a rig, and it protects firefighters, who would otherwise be leaning over the patient’s face while performing the chest compressions.
“The fire department is committed to ensuring our residents’ safety and protection,” Murray said. “To that end, we are always finding ways to secure the highest quality and most up-to-date equipment possible.”
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])