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Ind. FD gets $202K EMS equipment upgrade

The city of Hobart took advantage of a trade-in deal to replace its older cardiac monitors and AEDs

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The city of Hobart has approved a $202,000 purchase of new EMS equipment for the Hobart Fire Department.

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Chas Reilly
The Times, Munster, Ind.

HOBART, Ind. — The city is upgrading the Fire Department’s lifesaving equipment.

The Board of Public Works and Safety authorized a special purchase of about $202,000 to acquire five new cardiac monitors for Hobart ambulances and engines, eight new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and lifting equipment for ambulances.

Hobart EMS Director Joe Lavendusky on Wednesday told the board Hobart has encountered some issues with its heart monitors because of their age.

“Most of our monitors are eight years old or older and they’re reaching the end of their life span,” Lavendusky said. “The problem is the components inside were made by a company that no longer manufactures the parts.”

He also said existing monitors are unable to transmit information to the hospital while in route, so paramedics have to give those details on arrival.

Lavendusky said updating the equipment is a necessity because “eventually it could fail while it’s on a patient” if it’s not replaced.

“These are certainly advanced life support type systems that these guys use on a daily basis,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said. “Certainly something that needs to be updated.”

Like the monitors, the AEDs in Hobart are aging.

“I have AEDs in the city that are 22 years old and they’re still functioning, believe it or not,” Lavendusky said.

The lifting devices being purchased help paramedics when placing patients in ambulances. The Fire Department already has some in service, and they have proven to help reduce injuries when lifting.

Lavendusky said the city received a 50% trade-in package from Stryker to replace aging equipment in the city.

“It was an amazing package deal,” he said.

Prior to making the purchase, officials received quotes from other companies, but they weren’t close to the offer from Stryker.

“This company, because of the 50% trade-in value, is almost half of everybody else, and they also include equipment the other manufacturers do not,” Lavendusky said.


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