New AEDs, CPR training mannequins come in under budget in Grosse Pointe Farms

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 11, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department is replacing several pieces of vital equipment.

The Farms City Council voted unanimously during a meeting March 8 over Zoom in favor of a bid of $22,337.51 to purchase nine new Zoll automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs; weatherproof carrying cases for the AEDs; and several adult, child and baby mannequins for AED and CPR training.

“They are instrumental in enabling us to save lives,” said Deputy Public Safety Director John Hutchins, noting that the AED units they have now are almost 15 years old.

“Our mannequins are old, as well,” Hutchins said.

He said the new mannequins give users feedback on how well they’re doing.

The bid was below the budgeted amount of $28,700. Several council members praised Sgt. Vincent Finn — who secured bids from multiple firms — for his work finding the best prices on this equipment and not just accepting a bid for all items from one company. City Councilman Neil Sroka called the price “a phenomenal bid” and thanked Finn “for all of the hard work that went into it.”

“(Finn) has done remarkable things for the department over the years,” City Councilman John Gillooly said. “He continuously looks for good deals for equipment.”

Price wasn’t the only factor that led to the city’s decision to make this purchase.

“I think it’s important we reiterate, one of these units is in every (patrol) car and every rig,” Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen said. “These are critical, lifesaving (tools).”

He said the Public Safety Department also trains park employees and Department of Public Works staffers on this equipment.

“Obviously, this is critical equipment for our citizens,” Gillooly said.

Hutchins said another advantage to the new AEDs is that the city’s Medstar medics also use Zoll, so the Farms could unplug its equipment and plug directly into the Medstar equipment, “which would make for a much easier transition of care for the patient.”

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