New Device for Marysville First Responders Will Help Save Lives

Bonnie Johnson - Thursday, June 20, 2019
New Device for Marysville First Responders Will Help Save Lives

Within the Marysville Fire District, the chances of surviving a cardiac event will increase next month, when the MFD will receive two LUCAS Chest Compression systems.

These new systems will allow first responders to perform CPR during situations where they may not have been able to previously, during difficult situations. It’s planned use is for prolonged patient resuscitation efforts, road transportation, or as a patient is being loaded onto an ambulance, which is normally when emergency personnel are forced to halt compressions.

The device delivers mechanical chest compressions which cannot be impacted by human fatigue or error. “It’s really more efficient CPR,” said Terry Matsumura, the Marysville Fire District’s Medical Services Administrator, in a press release from MFD.

“Unlike human beings, this device doesn’t get tired and it can also be used during transport, which is a normally a safety risk for both the patient and providers. At this point, the system doesn’t replace hands-on CPR, but it’s a tool to make our efforts more effective.”

Per the release: FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant covered the $21,000 cost of one LUCAS system and the district purchased a second device. Both will be stored on the district’s two advanced life support ambulances. All firefighters will be trained to use the devices.

“We really believe this is a great investment for our community,” Matsumura said. “It’s a tool that will help us save lives.”


WSDOT Arts Mayor Cassie Franklin auction Snohomish Marysville Paws With Cause Olympics Glacier Peak Pioneer Place Elders Harry Potter Leonard J. Martin Snohomish County News Everett PD Recruitment JJ Harrison Everett Historic Theatre Silver Lake, Washington Cassie Franklin Ana Perdomo Everett Fire Department Everett Jets FC Legion Park Boeing Grand Opening Washington State University Granite Falls Everett Police Department Sky Valley WW2 Maury Eskenazi biking Habitat for Humanity ChildStrive Everett Naval Base Jim Creek skagit Everett News Marvel Stanwood Lowell community Students Boating Season Coastal Community Bank IPO Everett Library Team USA History fire Popcorn in the Park Lynnwood country music Rucker band Legion Bluff soccer Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Bayside Bikes Broadway Snohomish County PUD Rotary of Port Gardner Jet City Navy Memorial Day rodeo Lake Stevens Everett Transit Monte Cristo Highway 2 Trestle Paine Field Smoke alarms Gym Lakewood Gabe Maggio Archery Flying Heritage ronald mcdonald house Startup Weather USO Skagit County News Kla Ha Ya Days Dagmar's Marina Cascade Bicycle Club Beer and wine Edmonds Darrington Marysville Fire Department Marysville Getchell USS Sampson Interview Jacob Hilkin Ellensburg rodeo Rotary of Port Pardner Kayla Lemmon Carl Gibson Senior Center Everett High School DUI Show Nathan Senff Legion USS Ralph Johnson Funko Everett Community College Tim Hunter Mount Vernon Everett Girls on the Run Snohomish Lineup Health Casino Road Initiative Rotary of Arlington wildlife KRKO Paine Field Aviation Day Tankfest Everett Metro Plan polygraph Ferndale Marysville Pilchuck Nascar DC Arlington Bethany Monroe Batman racing Boating La Conner