JACKSONVILLE, Ore. -- The Jacksonville Fire Department now has new technology to help save lives. It just got a new Autopulse CPR machine. The department is one of three in the Rogue Valley to have one.
The Jacksonville Fire Department is a two-man engine company, meaning there are only two people working at all times. Firefighter Josh Bowden said before they got this machine, if the department is called to a cardiac arrest situation, EMTs and paramedics weren't able to quickly do what they needed to.
"What this does is it buys us time and it's essentially our third person," said Bowden. “This is absolutely imperative that we have that third person. Because now my paramedic gets to be a paramedic. He gets to administer epinephrine, be looking at the cardiac rhythms that the patient is throwing out."
Other firefighters added the machine also gives better CPR compressions than an emergency responder because it gives more uniform compressions at the right depth and rate. Since it's a machine it doesn't get tired. It causes less damage and increases a patient’s survival rate by 3.6 percent.
The Jacksonville Fire Department has only had the machine in service for about a week and has not needed to use it on a patient yet.