Cranston Fire Department to upgrade emergency equipment

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cranston Fire Department announced Tuesday it will be able to purchase new emergency cardiac equipment with the receipt of nearly $119,00 worth of grant money.

According to the fire department, the funding was made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The $118,935 will cover the cost of four cardiac monitors/defibrillators, upgrading equipment that has been in service for 13 years.

In a congratulatory letter, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse praised the firefighters, saying, “we need to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our first responders and make sure they have the right equipment to do their job.”

“Public safety in Rhode Island has been significantly improved,” Congressman Jim Langevin said in a statement. “Firefighters are often first on a scene, and the four new cardiac monitors purchased with these funds will allow them to better assess patients in distress and act accordingly, potentially saving lives in Cranston and beyond.”

The Cranston Fire Department responds to about 15,000 calls a year and 80% of those are medical/EMS-related.

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