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Louisville Fire Department Receives Grant to Purchase New Life-Saving Equipment

LOUISVILLE, OHIO – (Feb. 24, 2020) – The City of Louisville Fire Department was able to purchase new life-saving equipment thanks in part to a recent safety grant from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC). Through the grant, the department purchased two new LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System devices.

The safety grant allowed the fire department to purchase equipment up to $50,000, with a 25% match in funding by the department. This equipment will help reduce on-the-job accidents or injuries. The LUCAS 3 device meets that standard by lessening the chance of injury during cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or the transporting of patients to the hospital. With the purchase of the two devices and additional battery packs, the fire department spent approximately $30,000 of the $50,000 grant.

“The LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System basically acts as an extra person in our rescue squad as it takes the human element out of chest compressions during CPR,” said Fire Chief Rod Bordner. “It is proven to perform a more accurate compression and have a better survival rate than human CPR while also reducing the chance of our team getting injured in route to the hospital. It is a life-saving and injury-reducing device that will provide great benefits to our community.”

The LUCAS 3 device provides high-quality and safer chest compressions and can be used for prolonged CPR. The machine automatically compresses the patient’s chest to 2 or 2.5 inches and frees up rescue team members to perform other tasks. The LUCAS 3 device fits most adult patients and is not restricted by patient weight. However, it may not work for obese patients or small children.

“We are grateful to the Ohio BWC for the grant and hope to use the remaining funds for future equipment purchases that will provide even more life-saving benefits to our community,” said Chief Bordner.

For more information about the LUCAS 3, visit https://www.lucas-cpr.com.