Central Mason Fire & EMS recently received five new cardiac monitor/defibrillators purchased with federal grant funding. The cardiac monitor/defibrillators are used by paramedics to identify patients with sudden onset cardiac medical conditions and to defibrillate peoples’ hearts when they have stopped. Additionally, they have the ability to monitor oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood.
These new units replace an assortment of 10 to 15 year old monitors that had been previously used by Central Mason Fire & EMS. The new equipment was purchased with funds the fire district received in 2012 from a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant. At $36,000 per unit, Central Mason Fire & EMS would not have had the ability to make this purchase without the grant award.