Fire department to add compression systems, mini-pumper

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 10, 2020

 Last month, it was approved for the Macomb Township Fire Department to purchase some chest compression systems and a new mini pumper.

Last month, it was approved for the Macomb Township Fire Department to purchase some chest compression systems and a new mini pumper.

File photo by Deb Jacques


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Fire Department was recently given the green light to purchase some new equipment.

At the Oct. 28 Board of Trustees meeting, the purchase of three chest compression systems for just over $62,110 was approved.

The Lucas 3 Chest Compression Systems are designed to help improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest victims and improve operations for medical responders.

Fire Chief Robert Phillips said a four-year preventative maintenance agreement is also required.

“The Lucas device delivers consistent, high quality chest compressions, thus increasing the chance of survival for patients that have suffered a cardiac arrest,” he said.

One device was purchased in October 2019 and is currently housed at Station No. 1.

Phillips said it responds to cardiac related calls throughout the township.

“The goal when the first device was purchased was to apply for a grant for three additional devices so each station would have one,” he said. “As of now, the grant opportunity has not become available so we have not been able to apply. The purchase of three additional devices was planned for and included in this current budget.”

Phillips learned that the purchase of the devices may be covered under the current COVID-19 funds the township receives from Macomb County. The township then received approval to purchase the devices with COVID-19 funds, meaning that it won’t come from the current fire department equipment budget.

Additionally at the meeting, the board approved for the fire department to purchase a 2021 KME Super Duty Mini-Pumper for $367,383.

This model will replace the department’s 2012 KME Ford F550 Mini-Pumper, housed at Station No. 3.

Phillips said the apparatus will respond to medical calls, vehicle accidents and fires.

The department currently has five Ford F550’s in service. Four are mini-pumpers and one is the air supply and rapid intervention truck.

“The Ford F550’s have held up well and it is currently the only option we have available as Ford is the only manufacturer that meets the National Fire Protection Association Fire Apparatus Roll-Over standard,” Phillips said.

The apparatus will be outfitted with a fire pump capable of providing 1,250 gallons per minute of water and will carry 250 gallons of water.

The new mini-pumper will not be completed and delivered until December 2021 or January 2022.

Also at the meeting, a COVID-19 training policy was adopted.

The policy establishes employee COVID-19 training procedures pursuant to the requirements of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or MIOSHA, emergency rules.

Training will cover workplace infection-control practices; the proper use of personal protective equipment; steps the employee must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; and how to report unsafe working conditions.