GREENBURGH, N.Y. – U.S Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester), announced Monday that a $277,273 grant from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant program will replace the Greenburgh Police Department’s emergency medical services cardiac monitors and defibrillators.
“We must do all we can to support EMS personnel so they can save lives,” said Lowey. “I’m pleased the Greenburgh Police Department will use this federal investment to upgrade their EMS equipment. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for increased funding that improves the performance of our emergency responders.”
"We will replace our old cardiac monitors/defibrillators with new ones, which will bring us above the standard of care. We are also purchasing four Lucas compression devices which will increase CPR survival rates up to 73 percent, because the machine applies even pressure while the human arm fatigues," said Jared Rosenberg, paramedic supervisor of the Greenburgh Police Department.
The Greenburgh Police Department has 122 police officers, all of whom have received certification to provide basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), regardless of rank or position. The department currently has 23 certified Paramedics and 19 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The Department has been providing medical treatment/transport since the early 1950s.
AFG is a program of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. AFG grants are awarded directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.
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