TAVARES — Six Lake County Fire Rescue stations are being outfitted with brand new LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator units, considered the top-of-the-line in care for advanced life support (ALS) emergency responders.
“You can check a person’s heart rate, you can check the oxygen level in their body, you can check their cardiac rhythm, and with the carbon monoxide option, you can check if they’ve been exposed to gasses in a fire,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Training Lt. Jason Rivera.
The portable units contain blood pressure cuffs, electrodes, defibrillator, a 12-Lead ECG to monitor heart rate, Bluetooth capabilities and more. The LIFEPACK 15 units also come equipped with several upgrades to the previous LIFEPAK 12 systems, including a carbon monoxide detector and metronome.
“One of the options on the LIFEPAK 15 is CPR mode, and a benefit with CPR mode is a metronome for ventilations,” Rivera explained. “If you’re doing CPR, it gives you a metronome so you can stay within the right range, because scenes can be very chaotic.”
Lake County Fire Rescue ALS/Paramedic Stations 112 in Clermont, 76 (HAZMAT) in Yalaha, 15 in Pine Lakes, 21 in Eustis, 53 in Fruitland Park and 14 in Altoona now have the new LIFEPAK 15s on their trucks.
The six new LIFEPAKs were purchased for $162,821 through the infrastructure (penny) sales tax, which can only be used to support capital projects and infrastructure. Some of the older units were also traded in to help offset the cost.
“We have a plan within the next several years to replace all of the older LIFEPAKs with the newer models,” said Lake County Public Safety Chief John Jolliff. “We are working within our budget to ensure our personnel have the most up-to-date equipment available.”
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