Volunteer fire departments in Dallas County received LUCAS Device

Published 10:01 am Thursday, March 23, 2023

Fifteen Volunteer Fire Departments in Dallas County received a Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) device on Monday at the Dallas County Courthouse.

The LUCAS device does mechanical CPR to patients in cardiac arrest.

Stryker provided the LUCAS device and two of its employees, Jeff  Ways and Sam Cattano, both provided demonstrations to the Selma Fire Departments and the VFD.

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‘Having a LUCAS device is important a lot of rural volunteer fire departments,” Ways said. “A LUCAS device is superior to manual CPR.”

“It’s important to have an extra set of hands and it goes all of the basics during a heart attack,’ Cottano said.

Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn said the LUCAS device was purchased through a Grant and cost $20,000 each.

“We got a grant and was able to purchase a LUCAS device for our volunteer fire departments,” Nunn said. “Getting LUCAS device was a great fit. We’re always looking to help our residents.”

Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey said he’s seen the LUCAS device work effectively. “I know what its like going through CPR and giving out. A LUCAS device frees you up on that.”