“A better chance for a positive outcome”
NEWAYGO– Consistent, adequate chest compressions are vital when it comes to providing CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest. Thanks to generous donations from its annual pancake breakfast and Christmas Walk, along with funds from the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Newaygo Fire Department is excited to announce its newest piece of life-saving equipment; the ZOLL AutoPulse® Resuscitation System.
The AutoPulse system provides high-quality automated CPR for patients suffering from cardiac arrest. It squeezes the patient's entire chest to help improve blood flow and automatically sizes to the patient. Because the AutoPulse has a stabilizing board, it will continue to provide high-quality CPR as medical personnel move the patient down stairwells, in tight spaces and long-distances.
"Our firefighters do a great job providing consistent, high-quality CPR through manual chest compressions," said Interim Chief Travis Kroll. "But over the course of a call, people can become tired. With the addition of the AutoPulse, we can alleviate stress on first responders and free up extra sets of hands to help with other on-scene tasks, providing a better chance for a positive outcome."
The AutoPulse was purchased following receiving support and approval by the department’s Fire Board. It was placed into service after members of the department received training on the proper use and maintenance of the machine.
Funds from the Fremont Area Community Foundation were made available through a long established endowment for Newaygo Medical First Responders which allows the department to purchase medical lifesaving equipment and gear.
"We are grateful for all the support our community provides," said Interim Chief Kroll. "Without the generous donations during our annual fundraisers, we would not be able to purchase lifesaving equipment like the AutoPulse."
Newaygo Fire Department is the second in the county to acquire the AutoPulse, following Ashland-Grant Fire Department.