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Easthampton Fire Department gets new life-saving gadget

The city’s first responders are now better equipped to save people who have stopped breathing thanks to a $2,000 donation from Finck and Perras Insurance Co.

Fire Chief David Mottor said the donation allowed him to purchase two King Vision Video Laryngoscopes, which are inserted into a patient’s airway so that air can be forced into the lungs if he or she has stopped breathing.

Mottor said that the laryngoscopes the department had been using before were “pretty prehistoric looking.”

“When you insert it, you try to see the vocal cords, but it can be difficult depending on the person’s position,” he said. “If a person is trapped in a car, you’re basically doing a blind intubation.”

At $1,000 a piece, the new equipment has a video camera and screen so EMTs can work quickly and still be sure they are placing the tube correctly.

He said he had mentioned to Finck and Perras Insurance employee Patrick Brough, also president of the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, the department was seeking donations to purchase the equipment.

That’s when the Easthampton-based insurance company’s co-founder, Richard Perras, informed him that he and his partners, JoAnne Finck, Roger Finck and Genevieve Lecko Brough, wanted to buy two laryngoscopes for the department.

“They’ll be in service Friday,” Mottor said.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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