Gurnee Fire Department Receives Illinois Department Of Public Health Grant

For Release: 
Nov 21, 2008

Administration - Press Releases - 2008

Gurnee Fire Department Receives Illinois Department of Public Health Grant

GURNEE - November 21, 2008 - The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded a
$3,500.00 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Grant to the Gurnee Fire
Department. This grant award will allow the Department to equip two
additional command vehicles with Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
units, further improving its ability to respond to sudden cardiac arrest
victims. These two command vehicles staffed 24/7/365 by a single member
of the Department. Equipping the vehicles with AED units allows command
personnel to save precious moments and provide potentially life saving
service prior to the arrival of medically-equipped units.

An AED unit is a portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and,
if necessary, allows delivery of an electric shock to a victim of sudden
cardiac arrest. This shock, called defibrillation, may halt the rapid
and chaotic heart activity, and help to reestablish an effective rhythm.

During an interview with Fire Chief Fred Friedl, the
Chief/Administrator of the Gurnee Fire Department, he stated, “The
Gurnee Fire Department constantly strives to provide our firemedics all
the equipment necessary to protect our community members. This grant
will allow command staff to have lifesaving equipment on hand when they
respond to an emergency call.” Chief Friedl also added, “Once
again, the Fire Department grant committee did a great job acquiring
another grant to upgrade our emergency medical response capabilities.”

The grant proposal was written and submitted by Captain John Kavanagh,
Lieutenant Joe Arnold (Medical Officer) and Firemedic John McNeill
(Assistance Medical Officer).

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Revised 11/25/08