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Oregon firefighters are raising funds for life-saving machine

Oregon Fire Chief Mike Knoup demonstrates LUCAS to Ericka Biekert and Jacob Helfrick, of Oregon, during the firefighters' annual spaghetti supper held on Oct. 7. LUCAS is a chest compression system that the Oregon Fire Department is raising money for to purchase. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Oregon Fire Chief Mike Knoup demonstrates LUCAS to Ericka Biekert and Jacob Helfrick, of Oregon, during the firefighters' annual spaghetti supper held on Oct. 7. LUCAS is a chest compression system that the Oregon Fire Department is raising money for to purchase. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Oregon firefighters are trying to raise $16,000 for a life-saving automatic CPR device.

The volunteer department already has raised $3,000 of that for a LUCAS chest compression system, which can provide up to 102 compressions per minute.

“This machine will help save lives,” said Oregon Fire Chief Mike Knoup. “It does perfect chest compressions without getting tired or showing the effects of going up and down stairs or bouncing down the road.”

“It also reduces the manpower needed on the way to the hospital during a cardiac arrest because doing chest compressions is exhausting and requires several people,” he said.

LUCAS moves with the patient from the emergency scene to the ambulance, providing continuous, effective compressions and good circulation.

EMS personnel are then freed up to focus on other lifesaving tasks, such as ventilation, medication, and defibrillation.

Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to make checks payable and send them to: Oregon Fire Protection District, 106 S. First St., Oregon, IL 61061.

For more information about the fund drive call the firehouse at 815-732-7214 or email Knoup at knoupm@oregonfpd.org.

For more information about the system go to lucas-cpr.com.

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