New CPR machines will help Lexington Fire Department

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)-City leaders and Lexington Fire Department Officials demonstrated a new CPR machine that will accompany district majors in the Division of Fire and Emergency Services. These majors respond to medical calls involving suspected heart attacks.

The five new machines, offering up to 100 pumps a minute, come with a price tag of $16,000 each.

Officials say they were paid for with federal grants through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. Those grants came through the city's Division of Emergency Management.

A sixth machine is available and has been tested by the fire department and they say each time it's been used, there's been a better outcome for the patient.

Lexington Fire officials say these machines will go on every suspected heart attack call and are more reliable than humans because they never get tired, can work in small spaces, and in bad weather conditions.

"It's a very stressful environment," explained Battalion Chief Brian Woods with the Lexington Fire Department. "Any time you have someone's life in your hands whether it be someone young or old. And it's all about compression. Even if you don't think you're getting tired, you are."

Lexington Officials say the goal is to eventually have these machines in each ambulance in the city.

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