News Flash

City Homepage

Posted on: September 2, 2019

First in Nation for Latest CPR Technology

Firefighters kneeling around a man laying on a new EleGARD CPR board

A day in the life of a Coon Rapids firefighter doesn’t necessarily involve fire. In fact, of the approximately 6,500 calls the Fire Department answers each year, roughly 72 percent are medical related issues. 

Since April, firefighters have been using an innovative new tool when treating patients in cardiac arrest called EleGARD. The device slides under a patient and slowly raises the head 30 degrees during a two minute interval, while emergency responders administer CPR. The product designer says elevating a patient’s head will reduce the concussion-like effect caused by the rush of blood to the brain during CPR. 

Coon Rapids Fire and first responders in West Palm Beach, FL were the first departments to implement the new technology. Andover Fire Department has since implemented the EleGARD system as well. The departments received the boards at no cost as part of a pilot program to measure the success of the device. 

The strong success rate of the City’s first responders, as well as the department’s proximity to Allina’s Mercy Hospital, were factors in selecting Coon Rapids Fire for the pilot program. The City’s fire department has a strong partnership with Allina Health’s Emergency Medical Service. Dr. Charles Lick, the medical director of Allina EMS, is overseeing the pilot program and researching how to best implement the new device on a broader scale. 

One EleGARD board is now on each of the department’s three rescue trucks and crews are already trained and using the devices to treat patients.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City Homepage

Business Resources

For Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Posted on: March 19, 2020
LocalRestaurants_Newsflash

Support Coon Rapids Restaurants!

Posted on: March 27, 2020
CensusDay

Census 2020

Posted on: March 12, 2020
truck road restrictions apr 3_Super_Newsflash

Spring Load Restrictions

Posted on: March 3, 2020
Join a Commission

Openings Available for City Commissions

Posted on: January 27, 2020
Gardening spade and rake stuck in the dirt

Reserve Your Garden Plot

Posted on: March 1, 2020
Fire burning in a hearth

Hot Ashes Pose Fire Risk

Posted on: February 24, 2020
Grains of salt de-icer on a road

Wanted: Water Monitors

Posted on: February 10, 2020
Coffee cup titled: Winter Concert Series, Richard Szyplinski

Cool Music, Warm Coffee

Posted on: March 11, 2020
Coffee cup titled: Winter Concert Series, The Red Letter Band

Cool Music, Warm Coffee

Posted on: February 12, 2020
Sand Creek Restoration

Creek "Makeover" Continues

Posted on: February 3, 2020
Glass Star-shaped award

Detective Honored

Posted on: January 13, 2020
Blvd Plaza Possible Expansion

Boulevard Plaza Possible Site Expansion

Posted on: December 6, 2019
Coffee cup titled Winter Concert Series: Good Foot Express, January 9

Cool Music, Warm Coffee

Posted on: January 8, 2020
2020 Budget in Brief

2020 City Budget

Posted on: November 6, 2019
New Building Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for New Apartment

Posted on: November 7, 2019
Worker places a red plastic bag over a fire hydrant

Fire Hydrant Covers

Posted on: October 30, 2019
Photo of a hummingbird hanging on a wall

Photo Contest Winners

Posted on: October 1, 2019
D-E-A National R-X take back, Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with pills spilling out of an o

Drug Take Back Day

Posted on: October 11, 2019
2018 Police Department Annual Report

2018 Police Department Annual Report

Posted on: August 23, 2019
Crooked Lake water testing

Crooked Lake Water Testing

Posted on: August 2, 2019
Simple Recycling

Simple Recycling Has Ended

Posted on: July 11, 2019
Drinking Water Report

Drinking Water Report

Posted on: May 29, 2019
Sign that says "Parks and Trails Closed"

CTN Community Update for 4/12/19

Posted on: April 12, 2019