WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — New lifesaving defibrillators are now in the hands of West Lafayette firefighters.
Fire Chief Tim Heath said the four new devices cost about $79,000, and that includes all additional equipment needed.
Heath said although costly, the new devices have advanced technology equal to what paramedics use.
“Those things are important to us because we want to be able to measure and make sure we’re giving quality care,” said Heath. “That’s what’s really important. That’s the difference between a less expensive machine and the more expensive machine.”
He said there are some times when they arrive before medics and having the same technology can be the difference between life and death.
“The patient transfers quicker, time to the hospital is quicker, and so actually we’re going to save some lives,” Heath added. “It’s going to make a difference in this community.”
The department got the go-ahead to buy upgraded defibrillators in July. The warranties on the old ones expired and couldn’t be serviced anymore.
Heath said 14 smaller, less advanced Heartstart defibrillators have been placed in city facilities.
He also said every city employee is being trained on how to do CPR.