As Orange Live announced on Oct. 29, the town of Orange now has a state-of-the-art machine that can potentially save lives.
Police Chief Robert Gagne hosted a press conference at the Orange Police Department this morning to introduce Lucas 2 to the public.
In attendance were from the town: First Selectman James Zeoli, Police Commissioner Jack Barton, Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Deputy Fire Chief John Knight, and Executive Director of Economic Development Paul Grimmer.
From AMR: General Manager, Eastern CT Operations – Chuck Babson, Director of Clinical Services, East Region – Jeffrey Boyd, CES Supervisor, New Haven – Joseph DeAngelis and Paramedic, New Haven – Salvatore DeLucia
Physio-Control: Sales Representative Mike Hooper
Chief Gagne presented this information about Lucas 2:
The Town Of Orange recently purchased and put into service a Lucas 2 automatic Chest Compression System from Physio-Control. The device, which cost approximately $13,000.00, was purchased entirely through monetary donations provided by members of the community. Donations were received from:
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department – represented by Deputy Fire Chief John Knight
The Rotary Club of Orange – represented by President Carl Russell
Apicella Adjusters – represented by Maria Sandillo
Several miscellaneous donations, including a private donation of $7,000.00
We wish to thank everyone who contributed, for your generosity, which has made purchase of the device a possibility. We believe this device will greatly enhance emergency medical services in Orange, and that additional lives will be saved through use of the Lucas 2.
Advantages of using Lucas 2 for CPR:
• Uninterrupted compressions, resulting in better perfusion of blood to the brain and heart
• Perfect and consistent compressions – no fatigue/ injury factor, consistent rate/ depth
• Easy to carry, handle, and apply to patients
• Frees up rescuers’ hands, enabling them to work on other interventions
• Less time spent on police officers riding to hospital with medics
The Orange Police Department is the legal medical First Responder for the Town of Orange. We have seen a steady annual increase in medical calls in the Town of Orange over the past several years, and we currently average approximately 4 medical calls per day, and approximately 6-12 CPR calls per year. We have an authorized strength of 44 officers, all of whom are certified to at least the level of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). We have 10 officers who are certified at the higher level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Our Officers receive training from AMR each year, under the expert direction of Jeffrey Boyd and Joseph DeAngelis. Our officers are very skilled and good at what they do, and I thank them for that. The Department has issued Lifesaving Awards to several of our officers for CPR related calls.
Since 1995 the Town of Orange has contracted with American Medical Response (AMR) of New Haven, to station a paramedic intercept unit (Medic 33) here in Town. That unit responds to all medicals along with the Police Department. Since 2002, all of our patrol vehicles have been equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and AEDs are also located in each of our Town buildings.
Last year, AMR Paramedic Sal DeLucia took the lead in getting the Town designated as a “Heart Safe Community” based primarily on the number of AEDs in Town, coupled with the amount of citizens trained in CPR. At that time Sal approached us with the idea of obtaining a Lucas 2 for use in Town. Through the efforts and teamwork from Sal, and all of the other individuals present here today, we were able to solicit the necessary funding to purchase the device. We thank Sal for leading the charge to obtain the Lucas 2.
The Lucas 2 is owned by the Town of Orange, and will be kept on AMRs Medic 33 unit in order to ensure that it is present for each medical emergency call. The Lucas 2 does not eliminate the need for manual CPR to be started as soon as possible. We are certainly not the first community in the region to purchase a Lucas 2, as several larger fire departments who are designated First Responders have them. The Milford Fire Department used one this past August to save an individual who suffered a heart attack at the Milford Oyster Festival.
We are the first police department in the region to acquire one, and it will be the first device in the region to be placed on an AMR unit. Here in Orange, this acquisition serves as a great example of the community coming together to fill a need. From a practical standpoint, we cannot keep a Lucas 2 in each police vehicle, so the placement of the device with AMR’s Medic 33 is the perfect solution. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with AMR to bring the best possible emergency medical care to the residents of Orange.