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Colton Volunteer firefighters are well on their way to raising needed funds, are still accepting donations

If you attended the Colton Volunteer Firefighters' Association annual auction, follow them on Facebook or been to a Colton High School football game where a boot is available for donations, you know the volunteers of Colton Rural Fire Department #70 are raising funds for a newer defibrillator/heart monitor LifePak 15.

"We are raising money to provide the station with a new Lifepak," said Chris Cohoon, public information officer. "Unfortunately the one that we have is no longer able to be serviced, meaning if something breaks, we will no longer have the machine."

"It (LifePak 15) has 12-leads that are constantly monitoring," Captain David Long said. "It does a constant EKG, monitors heart and pulse rates, blood pressure, CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions and oxygen saturation. It alerts the users to sudden changes and has a color screen so we can see any changes from across the room. It has voice prompts available."

The volunteers of the Colton Fire Department responded to 68 calls in July, 17 of which were for emergency medical services (EMS). In August, they responded to 49 calls, 14 of which were EMS. Colton Fire has 15 trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on their volunteer staff.

"With the new technology on the LifePak 15, the get a better overall picture of the patient's condition," Cohoon said. "It will help with faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment options and help the team pick the appropriate hospital for the condition."

According to the website, the LifePak15 can transmit the patient data to the designated hospital. It is also usable on all ages, including newborns.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Kelly Stephens puts a donation in the boot at last Fridays CHS football game. The money raised by the Colton Volunteer Firefighters' Association will go to purchase a new defibrillator.

The volunteers began fundraising for the LifePak, which has a list price of $37,120, at their annual auction where they raised $5,500. The Hult, Cornay, Rice InFaith Foundation has donated another $5,000. Assistant Colton Fire Chief Ted Farr contributed $1,000 with a matching $1,000 from the volunteer association, an additional $500 was donated anonymously and $274.94 was collected during the CHS football game for a total $13,274.94. 

You can make donations to help fund this lifesaving equipment at the fire department at the fire department, 20987 South Highway, home Viking football games or by going to their GoFundMe page gofundme.com/help-colton-get-a-new-lifepak.

"Our goal is to raise enough to purchase two," Volunteer Association President Tim Behrens said. "We could have one on the engine and one in the duty rig, which has an on-call duty officer, available 24 hours a day."

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