Thanks to the Fayette Fire Foundation, Fayette County Fire & Emergency Services is getting a helping hand as they try to save lives. At last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, the county formally accepted a CPR compression device donated by the Fayette Fire Foundation.
The automated CPR device provides consistent compressions according to the depth and rate recommendations of the American Heart Association. That consistency is tough to maintain with two different human rescuers working on a patient. Additionally, it frees up a rescuer from having to perform CPR in a moving vehicle en route to the hospital.
“It is a positive for both the patient and the firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics that are working on the scene,” said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett, calling it a great step.
“We’re so proud of our foundation, and this is just the beginning,” said Vicki Turner, Chairman of the Fayette Fire Foundation. “We want the fire department to have state of the art equipment because what’s more important in this community than saving a life.”
The donation was made possible in part thanks to help from Coweta-Fayette EMC, who in turn credited their customers who take part in the “round up” program where their bills are rounded up to the next dollar.
The donated device is the third owned by the County and the first on an ambulance. That particular unit averages 100-50 calls per month. In 2016, 238 of the calls received were cardiac in nature, with 18 for cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the highest priority call for the department.
The device has already been a lifesaver.
“Within less than a week of this device coming in and being place in service, it was used on a patient,” said Bartlett.
With the help of the Fayette Fire Foundation, they hope to have a CPR device on every medic truck.
For more information on the Fayette Fire Foundation, visit www.fayettefirefoundation.org.