The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Homepage

May 2, 2013

New fire equipment has Endy better prepared

Thursday, May 2, 2012 — Everyone is looking to gain an edge. It is seen in athletes looking to increase their performances all the way down to everyday people trying to budget their time wisely.

The same is always true for fire and rescue personnel.

Every edge they gain can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. A recent purchase by Endy Volunteer Fire Department will hopefully give the people who work there an edge, too.

The fire department recently purchased six airway management bags that have been distributed to its volunteer personnel throughout the community. The hope is those bags will give the department an edge when it comes to responding to emergency calls.

The total cost of the bags is $3,000 and was taken out of the general fund of Endy Fire Department, said Dean Scott, who has worked with the department for 15 years. Each bag includes an airway management kit, a blood sugar meter, a nasal airway kit, burn sheet, bandages and an anti-poison kit.

It’s all the tools a volunteer needs to give them an edge when minutes count.

“During the day, we do have a daytime person here Monday through Friday. If you get sick during the day, you are in good shape. But if it’s late at night or during the weekends, you’ve got to depend on volunteers to get out of bed at 2 o’clock to help you,” Scott said.

“They say in a cardiac arrest, you start to lose brain cells in 6-8 minutes. It’s almost impossible for any of us to get to the station and get to where we need to go in 6-8 minutes. So with this equipment, hopefully we can get there in just a few minutes and start administrating life-saving techniques as fast as we can with what we’ve got.

“With the King (Systems), you get that down in them then you put the BVM (Bag Valve Mask) on top then you start getting some air and start doing chest compressions … that may be enough to keep them going until you get an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) there where you can shock them and try to bring them alive.”

Scott said emergency management has made a push across not only the state but the country, too, in an effort to create more awareness about using these techniques to aid those in need.

In most cases in Stanly County, things such as car accidents don’t always happen. But incidents where people suffer cardiac or respiratory arrests are quite common. Scott said Endy VFD has already dealt with at least five such cases this year.

“With these bags, we don’t have to rely on the medic unit as much or our squad here at the station to respond. We gave bags to members spread out throughout the community, so we should have somebody pretty close with a bag should a tragedy happen such as a cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, some kind of allergic reaction, especially in the summertime,” Scott said.

“We’ve got all the stuff we need to take care of that right there on the spot. We should be able to get somebody right there in five or six minutes.”

Scott said the fire department believes the bags are a strong addition to the equipment they already have and will quickly serve a purpose.

“We thought that by buying these bags, we could show the people in the community that we were proactive as far as trying to get stuff to the people and that we are more than just a volunteer fire department,” Scott said.

“Our objective is to save lives and evidently if someone calls 911, they are in trouble. Either them or someone they know is in trouble. So hopefully we can get there as fast as we can with the right equipment, and we are sure this equipment is going to lead to more accurate and faster responses.”

To submit story ideas, contact Jason O. Boyd at (704) 982-2121 ext. 34 or email at jason@stanlynew spress. com.

1
Text Only
Homepage
Livestock

The Stanly County Livestock Market sees a rise in activity with higher beef prices.

Local News
  • Police ready for night out

    Expect a swarm of cops at Roosevelt Ingram Park.
    No, there is no trouble brewing. Aug. 5 marks the annual National Night Out when police officers converge with their respective communities as part of an effort to strengthen relations between law enforcement officers and the public they serve.

    July 30, 2014

  • Stanfield Scout receives Eagle rank
Local Sports
Regional & National Sports
Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Patrick Gannon This isn’t medical marijuana

    As state legislators debated allowing the use of an extract from marijuana plants to treat seizure disorders over the past couple of weeks, it was evident that social conservatives – there are many of them in the General Assembly – felt a tinge of unease about it, even as almost every one of them voted yes.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friends and contentment
Weddings and Engagements
  • Poplin-Mooney Engagement Poplin-Mooney Engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. Louis Poplin of Norwood, N.C. announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lauren Poplin, to Evan Clay Mooney, son of Mr. Clay Mooney of Asheville, N.C. and the late Mrs. Elaine Mooney.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Austin-Lisk Wedding
Features
Regional
State & National News
linda-ronstadt.jpg

National Medal of Arts winner Linda Ronstadt grace the cover of many magazines during her career, including this Rolling Stone.

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter