Grand Junction Fire Department Adds Life Saving Technology

Grand Junction firefighters and emergency medical technicians received training Tuesday on the newest life–saving technology purchased with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. New cardiac monitor/defibrillators will be a part of the equipment at Grand Junction's five fire stations.

The state–of–the–art machines use 12 electronic leads attached to a patient's chest to gauge the type and severity of a heart attack. The additional information helps E.M.T.'s with patient care and gives them the ability to pass that information on to doctors.

The Grand Junction City Council approved a request for the fire department to pursue a F.E.M.A. grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill says there was little opposition to the request.

The city received a 30% match of nearly $76,000 to purchase the five units. The remainder of the funds were drawn from a fund set up by the city to replace current monitor–defibrillators.

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