JACKSBORO, Texas (Aug. 20, 2013) - Just after the grand opening of the new public pool in Jacksboro, Faith Community Hospital Charitable Foundation Tuesday presented pool management with an automated external defibrillator that will be critical in helping to save lives in the unfortunate event of a drowning or other medical-related emergencies.
Blain Rumage, president of the FCH Charitable Foundation, which allocated the necessary funds to purchase the defibrillator, presented the new equipment to Lynda Pack of the Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation with team members and representatives of the city pool on-hand.
"The city pool is a fantastic example of what the community can accomplish together, and we wanted to continue the spirit by partnering with healthcare in mind," said Rumage. "We hope that our EMS department never receives a call out to the city pool, but in the case of an emergency, we want the public to be rest assured that lifeguards on-duty will have the equipment and expertise to stabilize patients while our emergency team is en route."
An automated external defibrillator is a portable device that is used in the event of cardiac arrest and works by returning the heart to an effective rhythm through electrical therapy. In addition to the medical equipment, FCH's relationship with pool management is also strengthened through additional emergency response training for lifeguard and pool team members.
According to Jeff Miller, director of emergency medical services at FCH, lifeguards at the city pool received essential training from the American Red Cross.
FCH is supplementing that training with local EMS procedures so that the lifeguards can know what to expect from FCH in the event of a medical emergency.
After the automated external defibrillator and equipment was presented, Miller held a training session with the pool lifeguards to show them how to use the unit poolside.
"Although all defibrillators perform in the same manner, each manufacturer designs the equipment differently," Miller explained. "Part of the process is to make sure the lifeguards have no questions about the equipment so that they fully understand how to use and maintain it."
The public pool opened on July 27 after extensive funding and development coordination by the Jacksboro Pool Committee. Owned by the City of Jacksboro and managed through funds raised by the Jacksboro EDC, the brand new facility provides locals with an entertainment and recreation option for keeping cool and enjoying the summer weather.
Opened in 1958, Faith Community Hospital is a 41-bed facility that provides healthcare services for residents of Jack County. The hospital offers a wealth of medical services For additional information, please visit www.fchtexas.com.