INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Indianola Fire Department has a new device to help save lives.
The department purchased a Lucas Device - a small, portable machine that automatically administers chest compressions. The device is kept in an ambulance for emergencies; the department says it can provide CPR for long periods of time. Grants, along with community donations, made the $13,000 device a reality for the department, and firefighters say it was worth every penny.
It's priceless in the sense that we may improve the chances of survivability for that patient that has a cardiac arrest," said Lt. Thad White.
The fire department plans to purchase three more Lucas Devices, having one for all four of its ambulances.