Tuscaloosa County Commission Approves Lifesaving Equipment

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By WVUA 23 Contributor Harrison Holland

Tuscaloosa County Commission unanimously approved the purchase of lifesaving and medical equipment in an Oct. 7 meeting. The estimated cost is about $400,000, according to the county.

The approved medical equipment is Lucas-3 CPR devices and LIFEPAK external defibrillators, both of which will be used by volunteer fire departments in Tuscaloosa County. Lucas-3 CPR devices are automated chest compression apparatuses with a battery life of nearly an hour, a much-need technology for the volunteers. LIFEPAK defibrillators can be used for other important measures.

“Putting these state-of-the-art devices in the hands of our VFDs will improve lifesaving measures in the rural areas of the county,” said Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Rob Robertson.

Chief Deputy of Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department Byron Waid also spoke about the importance of the equipment to volunteer fire departments, indicating that while vital to their operation, the devices are too expensive without the financial assistance of the county.

The medical apparatuses are reimbursable expenses for the county. Along with Waid, there were other county employees who advocated for approval. Both medical items are seen as necessary and beneficial to volunteer fire departments within the county, with the expectation that lives will be saved as a result of the County Commission’s approval.

Visit tuscco.com for more information.

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