Home About Archives RSS Feed

North Adams Ambulance Getting High-Tech Monitors

Staff Reports

The Lifepak 15 has Bluetooth technology.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Ambulance Service will be adding the latest state-of-the-art equipment to its life-saving arsenal thanks to a $126,500 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

Manager John Meaney Jr. said the service will use the award to replace its decade-old Lifepak equipment — used as both cardiac monitors and automated external defibrillators — with new Lifepak 15 units with Bluetooth technology.

"This equipment will allow us to transmit EKGs into emergency rooms capable of receiving this information," said Meaney. While North Adams Regional Hospital is still working on that technology, larger hospitals are already putting it into use, he said. "When local hospital are able to connect to these, we'll be ready."

The new monitors will also be able to monitor blood pressure and carbon monoxide, which will come in handy when treating firefighters at fire scenes.

The units cost about $25,000 each. The service will replace the four current Lifepak 12s and purchase a fifth one
to replace an AED in the fifth ambulance of its expanded fleet.

Meaney estimated the Lifepaks are used on 80 percent of the service's calls. The 12-lead units (referring to its monitoring system) are also required as part of the service's paramedica capability.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant, authorized through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is one of several awarded to emergency services and fire companies in the Berkshires; some 57 grants totaling more than $5 million were awarded in Massachusetts. Emergency medical technician Amalio Jusino wrote the grant in his role as a principal of Emergency Response Consulting.

This is the second time that the service has received this grant. It was awarded some $73,000 in 2006 for protective clothing and training, the first time the grants had been used for emergency medical services.

Meaney said they were informed of the latest grant by U.S. Sen. John Kerry's office last week.

"These will be definitely beneficial for our patients and we'll be able to do a lot more information at the scene," said Meaney.


Tags: ambulance      

Don't Shoot Me!

Tammy Daniels

Sen. Ben Downing reports that state offices including his own have been getting calls from constituents worried they will be forced to get a swine flu vaccine. Not so, says the senator. "These rumors appear to be part of a deliberate effort to misinform concerned citizens about state and national pandemic response efforts," he writes in his recent e-mail update.

The state's public health commissioner says the Department of Public Health will not call nor authorize mandatory vaccination against the H1N1 flu strain, nor are any other local, state or federal officials calling for it. Find out more at DPH.


Tags: Health, swine flu, vaccines, H1N1      
Page 1 of 1 1  
News Headlines
Moulton Clan Grows Thanksgiving Football Tradition
Reid Middle School Class Throws Thanksgiving Feast
North Adams Officially Begins The Holidays
North Adams Firefighters Deliver Turkeys to
Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2015
Mount Greylock PTO, NBCC Hosting Forum on Youth Substance Abuse
2015 Bazaars & Craft Fairs
Williamstown Planning Board Narrows Focus for Waubeeka Zoning Change
North Adams Sees 4% Tax Rate Hike; Average Bill Up $65
Lanesborough Sets Tax Rate, Extends Town Administrator Contract


Animals (8)
Arts (25)
Community (59)
Daily Beat (4)
Education (23)
Fun stuff (106)
Fundraiser (2)
Green (10)
Health (2)
Local government (9)
North Adams (11)
People (14)
Pittsfield (7)
politics (1)
Richmond (2)
Sports (2)
State (4)
Technology (3)
Williamstown (12)
December 2014 (2)
Wilco Music iBerkshires Madigan Adams Country Fair News Family Williams Pittsfield Fall Foliage Attractions Fundraiser Morning Report Bcc Latin Baseball Library Holiday Election Concerts Food Drive iBerkshires Reading Program Volunteer Family Event Halloween Mass Moca Richmond Auditions Downing Solid Sound Festival Wjjw Scholarship
Popular Entries:
ABC News Features Cheshire's Madigan
Almost Time for Wilco
Williamstown Steeple on eBay
Wilco Delivers Solid Set, Hints at Return to MoCA
Williams Tops With Forbes, Unigo
Adams Lights Christmas Tree
ABC Broadcasts Travel Video on Berkshire Winter
1,000 Great Places From St. Stan's to ... the Elf Parlor?
Ask Not What Your State Can Do for You
EPA Postpones Housatonic River Update
Recent Entries:
Are We There Yet?: Take A Moment to Breathe This Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Are We There Yet?: Warm Up On a Cold Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Halloween Times Two
Are We There Yet?: Halloween Is Just Beginning
Are We There Yet?: Enjoy a Quiet Fall Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Help Find a Cure for Type One Diabetes
Are We There Yet?: It's All About the Foliage
Are We There Yet?: Fall Into A Beautiful Autumn Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Curiosity, By George!