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Streetsboro Fire Department receives $2,400 public safety grant

by mike lesko | Reporter Published: June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- The city's fire department received a $2,468 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety to be used for the purchase of EMS equipment, according to Fire Chief Robert Reinholz.

City Council unanimously approved accepting the grant 6-0 June 9. Council member Jeff Allen was absent.

Money for the grant comes from Ohio ticket fines paid by motorists who have been charged with not wearing seat belts, Reinholz said.

The grant, which was written by firefighter/paramedic Eric Moss, was submitted at the beginning of 2014.

Reinholz said the money has already been received by the city. It will be used for emergency supplies like EMS backboards to carry people, bandages, gauze "and other items we use on a daily basis," he said. "We're pleased about receiving this grant."

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Earlier in the year, the fire department acquired a $30,000 defibrillator monitor for free from the Reminderville Fire Department. The Monitor Lifepack 15 came from Reminderville Fire Chief Tom Plunkett, whose department had an extra one after Reminderville acquired an additional one through a grant.

"Chief Plunkett was gracious enough to give it to us on a permanent loan. The way the [Reminderville] grant was written, they couldn't just give it to us," Reinholz said. "It was a generous donation."

Defibrillator monitors range in price between about $28,000 to $35,000 each, Reinholz said.

Streetsboro was able to make the deal since Tom Plunkett Jr., son of the Reminderville chief, works for the Streetsboro Fire Department, stated Reinholz.

A defibrillator monitor unit actually has two parts. The monitor has an EKG device "where lines go up and down and tell what the heart is doing -- its rate, rhythm and if something is going on with the heart, if it's going too fast or too slow," Reinholz said. A defibrillator uses electricity and can jump start a heart, if necessary, he said.

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With its new one, which was approved March 24 by City Council, Streetsboro has five defibrillator monitors -- two on fire engines and three on ambulances.

"You have to have a defibrillator monitor on an ambulance," Reinholz said. "It's an essential piece of equipment. About 40 percent of our calls are related to defibrillator monitors. So if a 55-year-old man complains of chest pains, we'll put the monitor on him to see what his heart is doing."

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