RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - This month Rankin County emergency responders have begun training with new life-saving technology. They're working with handsfree C-P-R devices, which are quickly becoming an important tool in first responders' medical bags.
The device is the Defibtech lifeline arm. It's a battery operated hands free C.P.R. device which automates chest compressions usually done by a human.
"According to the American Heart Association, compressions are the most important part of CPR," said Rankin County Emergency Management Specialist Brian Grantham.
For E.M.T.'s, this can be like having another paramedic assisting on the scene.
"When a first responder is doing compressions you can get tired very easily, cause as you can imagine it's like moving weight," added Grantham. "We may start off doing good compressions at first but then as we get tired we start going not as deep, not as fast where as our machine here can do perfect compressions every single time."
It's those perfect compressions that get the heart pumping and a subject breathing again, faster.
Rankin County bought 5 of the machines. They will be distributed to volunteer fire stations in the county.