On September 10th, the Auburn and Candia Fire Departments hosted a joint training day on topics related to Search and Rescue. We had approximately 60 EMTs, Firefighters and Police offers from Auburn, Candia, Deerfield and Raymond participate in the training (regrettably a schedule conflict prevented Chester from joining us). The full day event included experts from around the state, including New England Search and Rescue, New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team. Training topics and exercises including the role of canine search dogs, police search dogs, line searching, orienteering and log angle technical rescue. The cooperative spirt and joint training has proven to be invaluable at building relationships with our partners in public service.
The Candia Volunteer Fire Department is honored to have recently taken delivery of a new Lucas 2 Chest Compression System. The Lucas is a highly effective mechanical device that performs CPR chest compressions. The result is perfect, uninterrupted compressions from a machine that does not get tired. This results in higher blood flow to vital organs. This life saving tool was provided as a gift from the Candia Volunteer Firemen's Association, since the CVFD could not afford such an expensive device.
The Candia Volunteer Fireman's Association is an organization that raises money from generous donors from in and out of town, and uses the funds to support the CVFD operation beyond what is possible through the fire department budget. In addition to the Lucas, the Association also purchased 5 new AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for the department. Three of these AEDs will be placed into Candia Police cruisers. All Candia Police Officers are certified in CPR and respond to all cardiac arrest calls in town. Most of the time, the police arrive before the fire department and they are able to start the two most essential life saving interventions in a cardiac arrest: CPR and defibrillation with an AED. Previously, the police had one AED only and it has since become obsolete. Now having 3 new AEDs in service will improve the odds that the first arriving Candia Police officer will have an AED available if called to a cardiac event.
More information about the Lucas device can be read here: http://www.lucas-cpr.com/en/lucas_cpr/lucas_cpr.