SOUTH GLENDALE — Glendale firefighters got a lesson Friday morning on using new cost-saving defibrillators that will give hospitals more information on heart-attack patients and monitor carbon monoxide levels.
The new defibrillators will allow firefighters to provide better service to patients and provide care in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Glendale Fire Capt. Cody Smith said. The two cities already have the monitors.
"When we respond to those two cities, it is easier for us to move in if we have similar equipment, and it's seamless when we have to give patient care," he said.
Fire departments in the mutual aid area have been also looking at transitioning their old monitoring equipment to the new Lifepak defibrillator for better communication in the region, Smith said.
On Friday, firefighters at Station 22 were trained on using the device, which will debut Tuesday in the field.
The carbon-monoxide-monitoring feature can be useful to check the level of exposure to carbon monoxide for firefighters who have been battling a blaze, Smith said.