The Alton City Council has approved the request for bids for two 12-lead cardiac defibrillator monitors for the city's Fire Department. The units will help the EMT's treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care, by providing the data critical to emergency room doctors as the patients are prepared for transport.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold is a big fan of the technology.
It will cost about $39,000, of which the city is responsible for 10%. The rest of the funding comes in the form of a FEMA grant. In other city council business, the city will move forward in pursuing a grant to redo the lighting downtown that will include powered poles that can be used to hang Christmas decorations, and a more unified look to the hardware. The city will also be seeking bids for the installation of fencing at Russell Commons Park to move ahead with plans for a dog park.