Grant Allows Barnesville Ambulance to Purchase Life-Saving LUCAS Device

The FM Area Foundation has awarded a $8,993 grant to the Barnesville Ambulance to purchase a LUCAS 3 manual CPR device. The LUCAS is a mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, guidelines-consistent chest compressions to sudden cardiac arrest patients.  

The Barnesville Ambulance has one LUCAS device, which has been credited with saving at least five lives over the last two years, but there was a need for one more, so both of their ambulances could have a LUCAS. 

“This device is very efficient at doing chest compressions. We had our only LUCAS in the foyer, and if we thought we needed it, we had to get it prior to leaving the station. More than once, our dispatch information was not accurate, and we’ve had to send the local police to get the device for us. This leads to a significant time delay, and an unfavorable outcome,” said Scott Nelson, Barnesville Ambulance Director. 

Nationwide these devices have saved many lives. Initial layperson CPR is always needed, but the sooner this device is deployed, the greater the chances are for a person’s long-term survival. 

“In 2017, we had several cardiac arrests in our area. Four of those, we were able to get the patient’s pulse back. Of those four, two were eventually able to walk out of the hospital. I credit those lives saved to use of the LUCAS device,” Nelson said. 

This grant was used to purchase a second LUCAS device, allowing each of the Barnesville ambulances to be properly equipped to ultimately improve chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. The Barnesville Community Fund and the Barnesville Lions also provided funding to help with the purchase of the LCUAS.

The Barnesville Ambulance’s service area is 442 square miles around Barnesville. This includes the cities of Barnesville, Baker, Rollag, and near Hawley, Glyndon and Sabin. They average more than 300 calls a year and are the only transporting ambulance service in this area. 

The grant was awarded from the FM Area Foundation’s annual community grant round, in which nonprofits in Cass County and Clay County can apply for funding for a special project in the areas of the arts, basic human needs, community building and education. 

WDAY did a story on this grant. Watch here.