The McMechen, Glen Dale, and Limestone Volunteer Fire Departments have some new equipment that will help them save lives thanks to the Marshall County Commission.
The Marshall County Commission purchased an AutoPulse Resuscitation System for each department and reimbursed the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department for a prior purchase of the machine.
The donation is worth about $75,000 total.
The AutoPulse machine provides CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
“It’s more efficient and hopefully produces more blood flow through the body with a greater chance of successful resuscitation,” said McMechen Fire Chief Jeff Kady.
“Amazing units. I’m really glad. I think this is one of the best editions technically that our units have gotten in a long time,” said Commission President Bob Miller.
Along with increased CPR efficiency, the machine also frees up the hands of first responders.
Patients can even be carried while the machine works.
The three departments gathered at the McMechen firehouse Saturday to be trained and will start using the machines immediately.