Taylor Fire Department receives three machines from Oakwood

The Taylor Fire Department has received three 12-lead EKG Phillips heart monitors from Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center’s cardiology and emergency medicine departments.

Through the leadership of Arthur Riba, MD, medical director, Cardiac Care Units, and Lori Stallings, RN, director of Emergency Services, the monitors were purchased and donated to the Fire Department with funds raised by the Oakwood Foundation through the 2006 Red Tie Ball event and a gift from Dearborn Cardiology Associates.

EKG equipment is used to get a recording of the electrical impulses associated with cardiac contraction and relaxation. The portable monitors will help paramedics determine more quickly if a person is having a heart attack.

The official presentation took place during the November 6 City Council meeting.

“I’m pleased that the Oakwood group has selected the Taylor Fire Department to receive three cardiac monitors,” said Fire Chief Vince Fedel. “With the addition of this state-of-the-art technology, our paramedics will be capable of working with cardiologists to quickly determine the appropriate care for those in need.”

Taylor is one of four cities in the Oakwood response area receiving these monitors. Allen Park, Dearborn and Melvindale also have received or will receive their equipment before the cities’ paramedics participate in a three-day training course certifying them to utilize this life-saving equipment.

On hand for the formal presentation of EKG heart monitors are Taylor Deputy Fire Chief Ed Sierota (left), Oakwood Director of Emergency Services Lori Stallings, Oakwood EMS Liaison Mike Brannon, Taylor Fire Chief Vince Fedel and Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe. The presentation took place during the November 6 City Council meeting.