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Sycamore Fire Department receives grant for CPR tools

SYCAMORE  – The city’s fire department has been awarded new CPR equipment and a fire alarm system, thanks to funds from a federal grant and Homeland Security program.

City officials learned late last month that they would be awarded a $52,700 grant to buy two new CPR chest-compression devices that will be carried by each of the fire department’s front-line ambulances, according to a news release.

“The chest-compression devices will allow responding paramedics to effectively and continuously perform chest compressions during the resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients in the prehospital setting,” Fire Chief Peter Polarek said in the news release.

Ninety-five percent of the total estimated cost of the compression tools will be covered through the award. The city is responsible for paying 5 percent of the cost, or $2,600.

Sycamore Station No. 1 also will receive a new fire alarm system through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

“The installation of a monitored fire alarm system at Fire Station No. 1 will help to enhance the level of safety for the firefighters assigned there as well as visitors to the fire station,” Polarek said in the news release.

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