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Forsyth fire department to get nine new CPR machines

FORSYTH COUNTY — A donation of $135,000 that satisfied a decades-old zoning condition will go toward the purchase of nine CPR machines for the Forsyth County Fire Department, officials said.

This means the department, which currently has seven of the machines, will be able to have one on every front-line fire apparatus in the county.

According to a news release, the devices are used when firefighters respond to reports of cardiac arrest. Battery powered, they straddle the chest of a patient during cardiac compressions. 

The use of the device compliments AEDs and cardiac monitors and allows for uninterrupted CPR during patient treatment and transport to a hospital. 

Funding comes from a check presented to the commission last month by Dewey White.