Firefighters in Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena could soon be using new life-saving defibrillators after the coalition secured a $1.14-million federal grant.
Officials say paramedics in the three cities currently use outdated defibrillators, but the new 12-lead defibrillators capable of monitoring carbon monoxide and dioxide levels will improve patient treatment for better outcomes, according to city reports.
The high-tech tools, which cost about $24,000 each, are used to deliver an electrical shock to the heart muscle in heart attack victims. The devices also monitor heart beats and carbon monoxide levels.
Firefighters can also use the devices to check their level of exposure to carbon monoxide during a fire.
“It was costing a significant amount of money to repair the ones we had,” Glendale Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey said.
Firefighters and paramedics using the new devices will also be able to provide hospitals with more details on heart-attack patients before they arrive at the emergency room, officials said, allowing physicians more time to prepare.