All Saginaw (MI) Fire Apparatus Now Carry Defibrillators

The Saginaw Fire Department now carries an important piece of life-saving technology in every city fire truck.

A grant from the Pulse3 Foundation provided city firefighters with the final $1,500 automated external defibrillator (AED) unit to complete the department’s set. Though the unit itself has already been given to city firefighters, the grant agreement was approved by Saginaw City Council Monday, Feb. 16.

Firefighters were presented with the AED unit during the Pulse3 Foundation’s annual Shocks and Saves charity hockey game, held at The Dow on Feb. 7.

During that event, the foundation presented the device to two city firefighters who recently used another AED unit to save the life of a fellow firefighter.

As one of the city’s fire engines was returning from a fire on Jan. 8, Lt. Christopher McGowan, 37, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck, 24, realized their driver was unconscious.

The two men sprang into action, stopping the truck and saving their fellow firefighter, who was suffering a cardiac emergency.

McGowan pulled the emergency brake and got the driver out and onto the ground, checking for a pulse and removed the driver’s shirt. The firefighters — both trained EMTs — hooked an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the stricken driver and the device advised them to shock the man.

Although the driver of the truck asked not to be identified, fire officials are crediting McGowan and Hausbeck’s actions with saving a life.

Saginaw Fire Chief Christopher Van Loo called the incident a great story that shows the importance of training and equipment.

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