A new member of the Albertville Fire Department was recently unveiled, and he’s a true lifesaver.
The department has acquired a Lucas 2 machine, a machine that, when applied to someone in cardiac arrest, provides automated chest compressions to the victim.
The Albertville Fire Department recently received a grant from the Wright County United Way, along with donations from the Albertville Lions and the Foxtailers Snowmobile Club, in order to make the purchase.
“The Lucas 2 is currently carried on the responding ambulance units, but with this addition to our rescue it can be deployed much faster in a cardiac emergency,” said AFD Chief Tate Mills.
The system is endorsed by hundreds of healthcare providers and first responders nationwide. In an emergency, the unit literally frees up a person normally needed to provide compressions.
Plus, it never runs out of steam, unlike a male or female first responder who would tire after several compressions applied to a victim.