Lebanon Fire Department gets federal grant
Thursday, March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, today announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $62,700 in grant funding to the Lebanon Fire Department through the “Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,” or FIRE Act.“The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is an extremely critical source of funds for our fire and rescue personnel,” said Collins and King in a joint statement. “This federal funding helps local first responders, like the Lebanon Fire Department, purchase new, used, or refurbished vehicles, and obtain equipment for firefighting, interoperable communications, chemical detection, and other purposes that are essential to helping keep our communities safe.”
The grant is being awarded through the Operations and Safety Program, which consists of training, equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to the departments’ facilities.
** NEW AED **
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our first automated external defibrillator
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death.
AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, first responder, and basic life support (BLS) levelCPR classes. Lebanon Firefighters are trained in CPR and the use of AEDs.
This piece of life saving equipment will be a great addition to the town. The AED will be located at the Depot Road fire station in the main entry way lobby. This AED was donated by the Lebanon Fire Department Inc. through donations and fundraising.
If you are interested in learning how to use the AED please contact Fire Chief Skip Wood at 207-457-3922.
If you would like to make a donation to the Lebanon Fire Department Inc. you may hand deliver them to the Fire Station at 3 Upper Cross Road, Lebanon, Maine 04027 or mail to:
Chief Blaine Wood
591 Little River Road
Lebanon, Maine 04027