New oximeter a hot item for Vermillion Fire EMS Department

Vermillion-check

Michael Hessman, Spirit Mound Station operations & maintenance coordinator, (right) presents a $2,500 check for a new oximeter to Matthew Callahan, deputy chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Vermillion Fire EMS Department.

When Basin Electric heard the Vermillion (SD) Fire EMS Department didn’t have a Masimo Rad-57 Oximeter to monitor oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in the bloodstream, it stepped in to help.

The Vermillion Fire EMS Department responds to 20-40 carbon monoxide calls each year, says Matthew Callahan, the department’s deputy chief of Emergency Medical Services. Thanks to Basin Electric’s $2,500 donation on June 2, the department can now treat carbon monoxide victims more effectively.

“By monitoring a patient’s bloodstream with the touch of a button, this device is definitely going to help us,” Callahan says. “To hear we were going to get funding for the purchase of this machine was fantastic.”

Michael Hessman, Spirit Mound Station operations & maintenance coordinator, delivered the check on behalf of Basin Electric.

“I think it’s good Basin Electric is supportive not only of its employees, but the communities they support and serve,” Hessman says. “I’m pretty happy about that.”

Until now, the city of Vermillion hasn’t been able to fit an oximeter into its budget. Basin Electric believes in supporting the department so it can do what what it does best – help people.

“We’re happy to be here and serve the community,” Callahan says. “This tool enhances our capabilities.”

The cooperative gives back to multiple emergency response departments in its service territory. Read about Basin Electric’s donation to the Wilton Fire Protection District in early 2016.

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