New equipment on board local ambulances

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MANCHESTER — The Northshire Rescue Squad has a new tool that could help save lives.

The rescue squad, which is presently holding its annual subscription drive, has added an automatic CPR unit called AutoPulse. The system provides high-quality compressions to aid during a time when qualified staff is limited, otherwise engaged or to help calm the chaos of the situation.

The medical innovation administers 80 compressions per minute across the entire rib cage and chest. While the AutoPulse performs something that can become extremely taxing for EMS, the professional can aid other victims or administer breathing tools if needed.

The arrival of that equipment — the rescue squad purchased two of them — comes as the rescue squad is running its annual subscription drive. By paying $110, all expenses for the use of the service is covered for one year. This includes any individuals in the household listed on the subscription form.

Regardless if a resident has insurance or not, the subscription fee covers everything.

This initiative helps the squad deliver emergency medical services to the area due to insurance reimbursement restraints, rising costs of medical supplies, equipment and training.

"We're working a little bit harder to try and get the word out," said John Conte, chairman of the squad's board. "Right now we're pretty happy with the progress and where we stand."

The squad service includes all paperwork for insurance companies, as well as local non-emergency transportation deemed necessary by a doctor.

Conte said a resident recently expressed how grateful she was for the service because her husband had to be transported twice in the last week.

"In past years it's a win-win situation because people get to have their whole house covered," he said. "So it's really important for that and an important part of our funding."

The squad's coverage area includes Manchester, Danby, Mt. Tabor, Winhall, Dorset and East Dorset, amounting to about 8,000 residents.

Subscribe now on manchesterrescuesquad.org or by calling 802-362-1995. Forms are also available in local town government offices.

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