Murray Joint Fire District adds 2 mechanical CPR devices
Lifeline ARM gives steady compressions without tiring out
MURRAY – The Murray Joint Fire District has a new addition that will not tire out when doing CPR.
The fire district last week put two Lifeline ARMs into service. The chest compression devices are produced by Defibtech. They do 30 compressions, and then two breaths of oxygen are added with a BGM – Bag, Valve, Mask ventilation device.
Firefighters and EMS personnel very seldom do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation these days, said Harris Reed, Murray fire chief.
But they have physically been doing the CPR compressions, sometimes for 20 minutes to an hour, when an ambulance crew can take over. That amount of time can be tiring for volunteers who are trying to do about 100 compressions a minute.
“Our department is getting older and there are not too many younger volunteers coming in,” Reed said. “This provides a quality CPR on every response. The machine also frees up hands to do something else.”
The Murray Joint Fire District is the second department in Orleans County to acquire an automated CPR device. Shelby also has one from a different manufacturer, Reed said.
Murray has two – one for each rescue vehicle. They cost $17,000, which was at a discounted price. They typically sell for about $14,000 each.
Reed and Murray fire officials saw the devices in May when they went to a fire expo in Harrisburg, Pa. Reed saw the devices as way to continue to provide quality CPR services to the community during a time of declining volunteerism.
Murray last year responded to about 450 EMS calls, and already is at 400 this year, Reed said.
“We needed something to help us and help the community,” he said.