Congratulations to Michael Sunzere on his promotion to Lieutenant at the Crete Fire Department on Monday.
Thanks to a grant application submitted by Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner, the department was able to secure funding for six Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.
The base AED model is designed to be user-friendly and provide emergency care for individuals experiencing an irregular heart rhythm, which could result in cardiac arrest. This unit has been installed at Crete Village Hall, and staff have been trained to used it.
“If somebody comes in for Village business and something happens, the staff can start care before we get there, in case we’re out on a call,” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.
The grant also covers an additional five, more advanced devices:
“For our first line suppression equipment and utility vehicles, and it allows us to actually monitor the cardiac rhythm the patient is in. That will allow our first responders to get an idea what is happening,” said Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner.
AED equipment is typically only found in ambulances, which may not always arrive first at the scene. With AEDs available to first responders, precious minutes can be allocated to diagnosing and treating patients, according to Chief Waterman:
“Deploying defibrillation and CPR quickly, increases patient survival rate and that’s what we want to accomplish.”
Crete Fire Department has gained three new engineers this past year.
Engineer/Paramedic Bolda and Platt were promoted in April of last year, and Engineer/EMT Joyce received his promotion in late January of 2021.
Engineers are responsible for driving and placement of firefighting apparatus, finding hydrants and ensuring sufficient water supply.
“The engineers are the heart of the operation. It’s the most important job” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.
Bolda, Platt and Joyce bring the total of Crete FD engineers to seven.
(From left to right: Platt, Joyce, Bolda and Chief Waterman.)