Ellsworth Ambulance Service gets $5,000 donation
Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service (EAAS) has accepted a donation of $5,000 from Fairmount Minerals Foundation in support for the purchase of a lifesaving CPR device on the ambulance.
The Lucas device will provide hands-free, highly effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for patients experiencing cardiac arrest. Studies have shown increased survivability for patients, in addition to improved safety for emergency responders utilizing this device.
Recently, the Lucas device was identified by EAAS as priority equipment and, since then, EAAS has been actively pursuing funding toward this important device, which costs around $13,000. Patient care and outcome is the first priority in the communities served; likewise, the safety of the EMS staff is equally important. The purchase of this device will provide opportunities to achieve both of these goals.
EAAS is a paramedic service comprised of First Responders, EMT's, EMT-Intermediates and Paramedics. EAAS provides advanced life support ambulance coverage to the Ellsworth area, including the village and Towns of Trimbelle, Hartland, Ellsworth, Martell, and parts of the Towns of El Paso and Salem--an area of 210 square miles. EAAS serves a resident population of approximately 10,000 people. The service also provides paramedic coverage for the ambulance service in Maiden Rock, Plum City and Stockholm.
EAAS operates two advanced life support ambulances and two paramedic response vehicles from its base in Ellsworth. In 2012, EAAS responded to 853 emergency requests and 12 cardiac arrests.