Defibrillator added to Wallace Fire Department

Sherry Martell
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WALLACE - An automated external defibrillator has been added to the Wallace Fire Department's equipment inventory.

Fire Chief Keith Tattrie said department members have received training to use the life saving device now in service.

"The key to survival during a heart attack is early CPR and early defibrillation," said Tattrie. "Before, we could do CPR until medics arrived but this is an added benefit for the community if we ever have to use it."

About 1,500 feet of new fire hose has also been purchased for the department, along with two new breathing apparatus', and two new universal safety harnesses.

Tattrie said the brigade is considering equipment purchases to be included in their budget for next year and is aiming to apply for assistance from the provincial government under a new one-year funding program.

"Some of our options would be hydraulic rescue tools like the Jaws-of-life or water rescue equipment," said the chief.

He said neighbouring brigades who already own those items are called upon for mutual aid when necessary.

In September, the government announced a $5-million Emergency Services Provider Fund to aid fire departments and emergency response organizations in improving equipment and infrastructure.

The application-based program will provide up to 60 per cent funding for emergency response equipment, new construction of facilities, and equipment upgrades.

"We haven't made any real decisions on what we would submit an application for but we're going to submit something for sure," said Tattrie.

He said the program is a boost for departments but was announced so late in the year most brigades would have already spent funds allotted for equipment in 2007 during summer conventions and sales.

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