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Reinbeck Fire Rescue receives new equipment

July 23, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Reinbeck Fire Rescue recently placed two new pieces of equipment totaling $13,000 into service to improve fire safety & emergency medical care in our

community & response district:

1) Added to the EMS service was a new Rad-57 Pulse Oximetry unit which has the capability to detect both oxygen & carbon monoxide (CO) levels in patients and firefighters during medical rehab on the scene of a fire. This device is beneficial in determining & evaluating potential carbon monoxide poisonings/ overexposure and to help recognize the need for additional oxygen and medical transport needs in fire victims, patients in carbon monoxide related emergencies and firefighters who have been exposed to carbon monoxide on the fire grounds. Each year, approximately 6,000 Americans die from CO poisoning and another 40,000 to 50,000 people seek ER care for CO-related problems. CO is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that results from the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels. Fortunately, the innovative new Masimo Rad57 Pulse CO-Oximeter can monitor carboxyhemoglobin levels in the field. Thanks to Masimo Rad-57 technology, EMS and firefighters can now quickly and accurately screen patients for possible CO poisoning. The unit cost $5,000.

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MSA Evolution 6000+ Thermal Imaging Camera.
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2) Added to the fire service was a new MSA Evolution 6000+ Thermal Imaging Camera. MSA introduced one of the first firefighting thermal imaging cameras over a decade ago and has made extensive improvements to these cameras. This high resolution camera has 6 different color palettes for multiple views of a thermal image, 2x & 4x zoom for a closer look at areas of interest, a laser pointer & range finder. Thermal imaging technology has been incorporated as an everyday tool for most fire fighters; the primary strength is the cameras ability to detect heat signatures enabling fighters to locate individuals in extremely low visibility conditions (in darkness and smoke) and providing crucial insights for search and rescue of civilians, and potentially trapped team members. Thermal imaging cameras can also be a help with the initial assessment of a scene, in terms of both understanding a building's structure and hot spots, which means the strategy for tackling the fire can be more informed. This can be especially helpful if the fire is isolated or hidden within the structure. It's been well established that thermal imaging cameras are an essential for modern day firefighting because their use really can make a difference in saving a life. This unit cost $8,000. This is the second thermal imaging camera the department has in-service at this time.

3) This equipment was made possible by funds and safety grants received from Reinbeck Farmers Fire Association

City of Reinbeck

DuPont Pioneer Community Giving program

Grundy County Community Foundation

The Alliant Energy Foundation

Mid-American Community Funds

Private funds received during our June omelet breakfast and July 3rd dance.



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