A new ambulance, water rescue craft and automatic cardiopulmonary rescusitation machine are the three newest pieces of equipment at the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District.
The new ambulance, a 2013 Braun with a Dodge chassis, cost $178,914, with Sagamore Hills Township paying $116,000 and Northfield Center paying $63,000.
The ambulance is the fourth on the department, the others being 2008, 2006 and 1999 models. The department’s other vehicles are a 2010 Sutphen fire engine and a 2000 Pierce fire engine, a 2004 Ford Expedition chase car, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and 2007 Ford Crown Victoria for the chief.
The department also received a LUCAS Chest Compression System, costing $14,000, on Nov. 2. Fire Chief Frank Risko said it has been used twice as of Nov. 22: Once on a patient found unresponsive in his back yard and on Nov. 21 to revive an 80-year-old resident in cardiac arrest. The first patient did not recover but the 80-year-old was stabilized at Sagamore Hills Medical Center and transported for further treatment in Cleveland, Risko said.
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