The Corning Fire Department received two essential pieces of equipment on Thursday that will help save even more lives.
“Our older units were in the area of 20-years-old,” City of Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies said. “Therefore, they were in need of replacement.”
A donation of two suction units (S-SCORT model) by the Corning Center has helped modernize the fire department’s former equipment which will be used in its ambulances.
“These units are compatible with our local ambulance provider,” Davies said. “We can interchange some of the parts on these, so that’s why we decided to go with this unit.”
The devices provide additional assistance with breathing and help keep a clear airway for critical patients.
Once inserted in the mouth, the hose removes saliva build up or any other obstructions that make it difficult for a person to breathe, and it’s as simple as turning off and on.
The older units were reusable which meant that residue left in the container had to be washed out and bleached.
The container on the new units can be disposed of after just one use making it convenient for the fire department.
The device is critical to the department’s mission and will be used for medical calls and emergencies.
Rich Negri, the City of Corning’s mayor, says the modern equipment gives first-responders a bigger opportunity to be even more proactive.
“You have no idea how appreciative we are,” Negri said. “We need this type of equipment. Sometimes it takes us a while to get the funds to go ahead and purchase it, so to have this organization come up and give us the equipment for two units like this, we can’t thank them enough. It’s really remarkable.”
Davies says if the donation wasn’t made, the fire department would have made every attempt to continue replacing batteries and repairing older units until it was able to be budgeted for.