For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD –The Marshfield Fire & Rescue Department took delivery of a new Rosenbauer ladder in December. The truck is replacing a 25-year-old Pierce ladder truck. The old truck was not a self-sufficient unit, as it did not have a pump and relied on a dedicated engine to pump water at fire scenes. The new ladder truck is a self-sufficient, stand-alone unit that will improve operations.
December and January were dedicated to equipment mounting and training. The new ladder truck can reach heights just over 100’ making it a valuable addition to the department. It is capable of pumping up to 2,000 gallons per minute and has 500 gallons of on-board water and 20 gallons of foam.
The new truck will be available for public viewing at Marshfield events, such as Hub City Days and Dairyfest.
Recently, the department was approached by a local couple who wanted to help out the department by donating a life-saving piece of equipment.
The LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System is a lightweight device that provides quality chest compressions in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines for CPR, and assists rescuers in maintaining vital blood circulation in cardiac arrest patients.
The LUCAS system is simple to use and can be applied to a cardiac arrest patient in under 20 seconds. Standard CPR uses chest compression in an effort to pump blood through the heart. Uninterrupted compressions will allow better perfusion of blood to the brain and heart.
The machine provides perfect and consistent compressions, while human CPR is often compromised by fatigue and inconsistent rate and depth, potentially contributing to injury.
This is the third LUCAS device now owned by the department.