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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.”

Cumberland County Fire Receives Grant!

The Cumberland County Fire Department was recently awarded a $1,600 grant from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District’s Project Hometown Help Program.

The Cumberland County Fire Department used this grant money to purchase 93 Carbon Monoxide detectors. Lowe’s of Crossville matched this grant and donated another 93 detectors for a total of 186 Carbon Monoxide detectors.  Thank you to Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and Crossville Lowe’s!!

Pictured left to right:  Lowe’s Assistant Manager Bob Paup, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Office Manager Amanda Schubert, and Cumberland County Fire Department Captain Mike Findley