The Bloomfield Township Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to help purchase seven cardiac monitors through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

The Bloomfield Township Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to help purchase seven cardiac monitors through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

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Bloomfield Township firefighters receive new cardiac life monitors thanks to FEMA grant

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 26, 2022

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Fire Department was recently awarded a $257,956 federal grant.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

FEMA officials say the program provides the funding for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Bloomfield Township has received over $1.5 million from FEMA over the last 10 years for various projects that Fire Chief John LeRoy said have benefitted the township — all at a 10% township contribution.

“The grant program assists fire departments all across the country in purchasing equipment for things that we couldn’t normally purchase at any given time … Last year, we purchased new self-contained breathing apparatus with those funds,” he explained.

The most recent round of grant funding will be used to purchase seven new cardiac life monitors. 

“Our current monitors are 11 years old for seven of them. Two of the others are a little bit newer, so they weren’t eligible to be replaced,” LeRoy said. “These are the machines that do 12-lead EKGs, blood pressure — it’s basically the ‘doc in the box’ that we carry in and do cardiac monitoring. And if someone were to have a cardiac event, we can do pacing or defibrillation with those devices.” 

LeRoy said the technology has changed a bit over the last 5-10 years and is anticipated to change even more in the future.

“Within the next 5-10 years, the (technology) is going to grow exponentially. This grant will help us get through this next period when the next generation of cardiac monitors and wireless capability happens. In the future, you are going to see monitors that don’t have wires on them, and you will be able to do everything wirelessly.”

 LeRoy said the department looked into three brands — Stryker, Zoll and Philips — and decided to stick with Stryker for the upgrade. 

“The Stryker product is what we are looking to keep, mainly because over the last 25 years we have had zero issues with the monitors that we’ve had. Over the past 25 years, we’ve had zero issues with durability, and if you’ve seen what firefighters can do with objects and equipment, they need to be durable,” he said. 

The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees recently unanimously approved the purchase of the seven Stryker Lifepak 15 monitors at a total cost of $283,752 — with  approximately $257,956 from the FEMA grant and $25,795 from the township. 

“I want to commend (LeRoy) and the department for seeking the grant and receiving it,” Township Treasurer Brian Kepes said.

The cost includes all required accessories, a service plan for all maintenance and a data plan that allows first responders to transmit cardiac rhythms to doctors at nearby hospitals. 

The devices were on order at press time and were expected to be delivered sometime in late February or early March. 

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