|A new piece of life saving gear is now in use for the PRFD|
thanks to funding from Trigon Pacific Terminals
(photo from City of PR)
25,000 dollars in funding from Ridley Island's Trigon Pacific Terminals will set the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department up with a piece of new life saving equipment.
In an announcement event today it was outlined that the PRFD has purchased an Automated Chest Compression System, a unit which straps to the chest during emergency transport, ensuring the consistency of compressions for patients experiencing cardiac arrest.
“Community partnerships like these are essential to helping our Department to improve our capacity and the overall level of service provided to the community,” -- Prince Rupert Fire Chief Jeff Beckwith.
The PRFD provided some additional details as to how the system will work
The technology will help to improve outcomes for patients by maintaining stable blood pressure when the Fire Department is called on to help. Consistently applying CPR compressions during transportation can otherwise be challenging while patients are loaded and unloaded during an incident response and transportation to hospital.
The technology not only improves outcomes for the patients, but reduces fatigue over longer durations, and reduces risk for caregivers during transportation by allowing them to sit belted.
For Trigon Pacific Terminals CEO Rob Booker, the opportunity to give back to the community towards life saving items was one that is gratifying for the organization.
“We’re pleased to have been able to make this important improvement in emergency response capability possible. It’s gratifying for all of us at Trigon to know that the equipment has proven highly effective in its initial applications, and that this will mean materially better health results for many people in Prince Rupert.”
The funding for the Prince Rupert Department is the latest in Fire Service related investments for the company, earlier this year Trigon Pacific Terminals provided funding for the District of Port Edward towards a new vehicle for that Department.
The full announcement from the City of Prince Rupert is available here.
More notes on the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest can be explored here.