Fire Department using grant to teach AED use

Community Enhancement Program gives $3,377 to Graafschap Fire Department to help the community.
The Graafschap Fire Department station, 4534 60th St. on March 19, 2024.

The department recently received $3,377 from the Community Enhancement Program of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council to purchase two automated external defibrillator trainers. AEDs are medical devices designed to analyze heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to restore the rhythm to normal.

Last year, the department received a CEP grant for cardiopulmonary resuscitation mannequins.

“Our next step is to provide CPR/AED classes internally and for the general public as part of our Community Risk Reduction Program,” said Capt. Dave Grumney of the Graafschap Fire Department.

The Graafschap Fire Department, which serves all of Laketown Township and part of Fillmore Township, offers free home safety inspections, free blood pressure checks on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the firehouse, 4534 60th St., and quarterly blood drives as part of its Community Risk Reduction Program.

Two fire department members are now enrolled in an AED instructor class. When certified, they will teach internal staff and the general public how to use the actual rescue equipment.

The grant covers the cost of the training equipment which duplicates the AED process but does not deliver the final shock. The instructor certification is paid from the department’s general fund.

“We hope that this grant will help to complete a successful project that will benefit the region for years to come,” said Jason Latham, CEP secretary and MACC executive director in the letter informing the fire department of the grant on March 13. “We seek to fund efforts that foster regional cooperation and cohesion.”

About the agencies

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council encourages cooperation among neighboring units of government on area-wide issues including transportation and improving water quality. Membership in the group includes Holland and Zeeland cities and the townships of Fillmore, Holland, Laketown, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, and Zeeland.

The Community Enhancement Program, founded in 2018, is a collaboration of five MACC members including Laketown Township. The CEP’s mission is to support efforts that serve public purposes for the common good and will have enduring positive effects on the quality of life and economic vitality of the greater Holland/Zeeland community.

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