Chief Jenifer Collins-Brown is pleased to announce that this past week, the Topsfield Fire Department was notified by Senator Joan Lovely’s Office of 2 separate Grants that were awarded to the department, totaling in $36,333.33 in funds to help our mission. The first grant was a Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $11,333.33, This amount was applied for and will be used to replace the department’s Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The current models of AEDs in use by TFD are old and in need of replacement, each piece of apparatus; 2 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Ambulances, 1 Brush Truck, and the Chief’s Vehicle are equipped with an AED each, as required by Massachusetts law which mandates all public safety officials to be trained at the First Responder level of emergency medical care at a minimum. New units will have improved technology and interface better with the cardiac monitors currently operated by paramedic in the department, while providing real-time feedback and recording the quality of CPR being performed, leading to a better outcome for the patient. The second grant was funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants & Research. The funds were made available through the Baker Administration’s FFY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. The CESFP is intended to address a municipality’s greatest needs with respect to preventing, preparing for, and responding to the Coronavirus. As the front line Emergency Medical Response for the citizens of Topsfield, This grant was utilized to better equip TFD’s personnel to perform life saving measures confidently while limiting exposure to patient’s who are in critical condition and suspected or known to have COVID-19. Equipment to be purchased includes:
-A pulse oximeter to help measure a patient’s O2 levels
-A video laryngoscope to allow paramedics to intubate critically ill or injured patients while not having their face inches away from the patient’s airway
-A ventilator to provide mechanical ventilation in the event that patient’s are unable to breathe effectively on their own
-Upgrades to ambulances including a sliding see through window to isolate the front and back compartments while allowing the crew to still communicate effectively and UV air purification systems for each ambulance
Chief Collins-Brown would like to express her sincere gratitude to our constituents at the State and Federal levels for making these funds available, as well as the local municipal leaders and the people within our great community for their ongoing support. Being able to implement these improvements in our operational mission to protect the lives of our citizens and firefighters is something we take very seriously. The members of the Topsfield Fire Department feel unbelievably fortunate to have been selected to receive these funds, which keep the impact of the average taxpayer low while improving the service they receive simultaneously.