2006-03-22 / Front Page

Fire Department receives training dummy

by JILL SCHMELZER Reporter

Mayor Mary Lowther, bottom left, looked on as Williamsville Fire Chief Jim Zymanek demonstrated how the Resusci Anne mannequin works. Also pictured are: owner of Fox Motors Bill Fox, left, Niagara Frontier Auto Dealer president Paul Stasiak and Kevin Campbell, owner of Glen Campbell Chevrolet. Mayor Mary Lowther, bottom left, looked on as Williamsville Fire Chief Jim Zymanek demonstrated how the Resusci Anne mannequin works. Also pictured are: owner of Fox Motors Bill Fox, left, Niagara Frontier Auto Dealer president Paul Stasiak and Kevin Campbell, owner of Glen Campbell Chevrolet. The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation donated a "Resusci Anne Complete CPR training mannequin" to the Williamsville Fire Department.

The department will use the mannequin to train its 57 members and Williamsville residents through courses and events.

"This new piece of equipment is integral in helping us train both rookie and veteran firefighters alike," said Emergency Medical Services Capt. Jack Oehmler, an emergency medical technician who has 31 years in the volunteer fire service.

The mannequin is a life-size piece of equipment which will tell trainees if their efforts are correct or not.

The battery-operated machine will tell the person if he or she is breathing correctly and getting air to the victim's lungs.

It will also tell if the positioning of the victim's head is right, and whether or not the person giving compressions has his or her hands placed in the right area, said Williamsville Fire Chief Jim Zymanek.

If CPR can be given within several minutes of a victim having a heart attack, the chances are good that a life can be saved. CPR can keep a heart beating until advanced medical care is available.

This past summer, Assistant Chief Thomas Ratzel, Capt. Chris Manning and firefighter Lt. Harry Haffa used CPR and a defibrillator to save the life of a woman who was dining at a Williamsville restaurant.

Firefighters arriving at the scene found the woman was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat. Their attempt at CPR was successful, and the woman is alive today. The Resusci Anne will give the firefighters a sense if they are giving CPR correctly.

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