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Communications Specialist Shawna Godfrey
Communications Specialist Shawna Godfrey
Smart Phone App Could be the Difference Between Life and Death (Photo) - 10/05/17

In an effort to save lives, METCOM 9-1-1 is attempting to implement a proactive and public friendly tool called PULSE POINT into our computer aided dispatch console. We need your help to do this.

Pulse Point is a very exciting feature that anyone with an IPhone or Android can download as a free app. The Pulse Point app allows any member of the public to see active fire and medical emergency calls of any nature for any Fire or EMS agency they are following. This app also allows the public to hear the fire and EMS radio transmissions.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths per year, with survival rates at less than 8%. Approximately 57% of American Adults are trained in CPR but only about 1/3 of these patients receive bystander CPR. The public cannot use their CPR skills if they do not know that a cardiac event is taking place mere steps from where they are. With Pulse Point, any member of the public can become a life saver. If there is a cardiac arrest in the area of the user with the app, it will show where AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators) are located and it will provide instructions for CPR and AED usage. The user may be able to respond to help the patient until Fire / EMS units can arrive on scene.

In a cardiac event, every second is precious. Even modern urban and rural Fire and EMS agencies would benefit from the public stepping in and helping while emergency responders respond to the scene. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR -- including compression-only CPR - can double or triple an SCA victim's chance of survival.

In the first 6 months of 2017 METCOM has received 133 calls for service that were coded as "Cardiac Arrest" in which CPR would likely have been indicated.

METCOM 9-1-1 would like to participate in this technology, however the initial costs associated with this project is $42,250 -- this amount is not covered by our operating budget. We are raising the money needed by way of soliciting donations from our community members. This is where we need the help of public citizens, private businesses and civic organizations. We cannot do this without you.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation [Tax ID: 93-1179507] you may mail your donation in the form of a check referencing "Pulse Point" to the below location or you can drop off at any of your local fire districts and/or drop in at a Columbia Bank Branch and reference the "METCOM Pulse Point Project".

Mail Donations:
METCOM 911
1060 Mt. Hood Ave
Woodburn, OR 97071

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Silverton Home Destroyed
Silverton Home Destroyed
Fire Destroys Home, Dog Saves the Day (Photo) - 09/21/17

On September 21, around 7:15 am Silverton Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 4300 block of Silver Falls Hwy. The first arriving unit found fire coming from the doors and windows catching nearby trees on fire. A second alarm was called bringing in additional units from Silverton as well as units from Mt Angel and Drakes Crossing Fire Districts. Due to the location of the home, water tanker trucks were used to bring water to the scene. The fire was brought under control after about 45 minutes. The lone occupant and his dog made it out of the house safely. Red Cross is assisting the occupant. No injuries were reported by the occupant or firefighters during this fire. Crews remained on scene until 11:00 extinguishing all remaining hot spots.

The home and it's contents were a total loss. The estimated dollar amount of the loss to the home and contents is approximately $75,000. There was no insurance on the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it appears accidental in nature. The occupant was alerted to the fire by his dog as no working smoke alarms were inside the home. Silverton fire wants to remind everyone that working smoke alarms save lives, and encourage you to check your alarms every six months.

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