PIATT COUNTY FIRE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS PURCHASE OF CPR DEVICE
The Piatt County Fire Association has donated $2,500 to The Kirby Foundation
in support of the purchase of a mechanical device that will allow the
Kirby Ambulance service to improve the quality of CPR they provide patients.
The LUCAS Chest Compression System, is a hands-free device that improves
CPR quality by increasing chest compression fraction time—on-scene,
during transport and throughout the entire
resuscitation. It also can free up one provider allowing them to provide
other care to the patient during transport.
The Association, created nearly two decades ago to provide mutual aid to
area fire departments, law enforcement personnel, Emergency Management,
911, and the county’s ambulance service, works to improve the safety
and well being of the communities they serve.
"Our commitment to our Association's mission has taken on an even
greater sense of urgency this past year as we've navigated the challenges
and changes to patient care as result of COVID-19 guidelines." says
John Mullin, Association President. "We are proud to contribute to
the emergency care in our communities by donating to the purchase of this
life saving device".
Recognized as an Advanced Life Support Service, Kirby's emergency medical
technicians (EMTs) and paramedics serve our communities 24 hours a day,
365 days a year and work in partnership with other community first responders
to ensure that patients receive the best possible care in an emergency.
"The relationships we have with the other area emergency responders
are extremely important to us." says Crystal Alexander, Director
of Ambulance Services. "We're always looking for ways that we
can improve and strengthen the emergency and transport services we provide
-- and areas that we collaborate within our community. This generous donation
is a great example of the cooperative spirit of the Association and the
benefit it provides to community members."