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Cumberland Co. EMS Acquire Four Lifesaving LUCAS Devices

Cumberland County Emergency Management Services is excited to announce the purchase of four LUCAS devices for their EMS crews. These devices were budgeted at $15,000 each for this fiscal year. “As mayor, one of my focuses has been improving Emergency Services in the county. This current years’ approved budget shows the Cumberland County Commission has a similar interest. We are excited to get these purchased and in service,” said Mayor Allen Foster.

A LUCAS device is a lightweight mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, guideline-consistent chest compressions for cardiac arrest patients. This device is very helpful in situations such as patient movement, transporting, and prolonged CPR. The LUCAS device not only presses down on the chest, it also pulls up on the chest which pulls blood back into the heart to obtain better blood circulation. The push-pull system allows for a complete recoil of the chest to ensure the blood can build up pressure that is essential to keeping the brain functioning.

According to EMS Director, Chris Miller, “This device will improve our department’s efficiency tremendously. CPR is tiresome work and rescuers trade out every two minutes to off set fatigue and to maintain good compressions. Having this LUCAS device frees up emergency personnel to provide other critical lifesaving procedures.”

Last Week to VOTE Early!

Today starts the last week of early voting, which takes place at the Election Commission across the street from the old courthouse! You can early VOTE today through Thursday from 8a – 5p!  If you have any questions, please give the commission a call at 931-484-4919. 

FREE Webinar Series to Support Tennessee Businesses and Non-Profits

Message from Boyd:

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused great adversity, it’s also led to great innovation.
From new partnerships and products to new ways of doing business—industries, organizations and teams are evolving in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
At the University of Tennessee, we want to help share these success stories in hopes of supporting and inspiring more collaboration and momentum amidst the pandemic.
To do that, we’ve partnered with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and launched a new webinar series including: 

  • 11 unique webinars (60- to 90-minutes each)
  • Free and available to the public
  • Covering topics ranging from leading remote workers to hosting virtual events
  • Featuring 28 speakers, including renowned economist Dr. Matthew Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Representing Tennessee businesses and organizations, such as AAA, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Zoo Knoxville 

I invite you and your constituents to join us. Please also consider sharing information about the webinar series broadly and on your social media platforms.”

October: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On October 1, 2020, Mayor Foster signed a proclamation declaring October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to empowering survivors and ending this deeply destructive abuse.  This month, we strengthen our resolve to ensure homes are places of refuge, comfort, and protection — and not places of fear and abuse.  We renew our commitment to support and protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent violence before it starts.  Mayor Foster calls upon all citizens to stand firm in condemning domestic violence and supporting survivors of these crimes in finding the safety and recovery they need.