As a collaborative effort, the Fire Chiefs and EMS personnel representing York County, South Carolina with the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation (JLWF) want to initiate a county-wide effort to make residents and emergency responders safer and more aware of CO. This plan aims to provide the 18 fire departments in York County with 2,000 CO alarms to install in residential homes, 45 portable always-on monitors for York County first responders and 27 hand-held CO fingertip diagnostic monitors for EMS departments.
2,000 CO ALARMS – COST: $45,000
Until 2014, it was not required by law or code for homes to have CO alarms if there were sources of CO within the home. All new construction is required to have CO alarms, if necessary, leaving most residents with homes built before 2014 without protection. The 2,000 CO alarms will be distributed among the 18 York County fire departments.
45 PORTABLE ALWAYS-ON MONITORS – COST: $10,000
By providing first responders with the always-on CO monitors, th ey will be alerted to potentially unsafe environments when resp onding to a non-fire related emergency call. This early alert can protect first responders as well as direct their rescue to protocol. Eig hteen units will be given to the York County fire departments and 27 will be give n to EMS and rescue squads.
27 HAND-HELD CO FINGERTIP DIAGNOSTIC MONITORS (RAD-57) – COST: $69,000
By providing RAD-57 monitors to each operating EMS truck in Yor k County, EVERY patient encounter can be simply and quickly monitored for CO. This diagnostic tool provides objective data to EMS and medical personnel so that evidence-based protocols can be enacted ensuring an optimal recovery.