Rincon Valley Fire District and Corona de Tucson Fire District received 7 new cardiac/defibrillator monitors through the “Assistant to Firefighters” Grant Program. The current monitors are from 1998 through 2011and are being phased out and discontinued. The new Zoll monitors are a necessary life-saving device carried on our all our ambulances and engines. Each unit with accessories, batteries, and a 7-year service agreement costs $35,842.
As regional partners, we have standardized our patient care protocols as well as our standard operation procedures and responses. Our commitment to delivering the best care possible is dependent upon having reliable equipment. These monitors also are linked to the electronic patient care reporting system both departments currently use. This will allow for more efficient documentation and record keeping. Additionally, these monitors have the capabilities to transmit information directly to two local hospitals with cath lab capabilities, essential for cardiac patients. We are very fortunate to have received this grant for a total of $250,894, an expense both departments could not manage in the current financial climate.