Logan Twp. receives CPR equipment donation

Officials from the Logan Township United Fire Department received a welcome donation from the Durbin family, owners of Pennview Suites, during their visit to the firehouse in April.

“As part of our continued support, we were happy to fund this new CPR training equipment to help train our firefighters and community members,” said Brian Durbin.

The equipment, which was purchased with a $2,500 donation, includes eight adult and eight infant CPR manikins with electronic performance feedback systems to teach effective CPR to emergency responders and the public.

“CPR is essential training for every emergency responder, and this new equipment makes it much easier for us to deliver quality training to our response teams.” said United President and CPR instructor Jeff Blake.

This is not the first time the Durbin family has shown their support to United. “Our comprehensive AED deployment plan began when the Durbin family donated our first automatic external defibrillator several years ago, which is carried by our responders” said United Deputy Fire Chief Rusty Shoenfelt. A combination of funding sources and community donations has assured that an AED is carried on every United response vehicle, including those at the Kittanning Trail station.

“These tools help us protect the public, but also our firefighters” said Blake. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of firefighter deaths.

The new equipment was recently used to certify coaches from the AAABA baseball league in CPR/AED as part of a program that has been supported by Blake, AMED and the United fire department.

The United fire department and the Durbin family are also working on a plan to house student firefighters who meet minimum qualifications and are interested in serving the community while they attend Penn State Altoona.

United has a long history of recruiting PSU students who volunteered in their hometown communities.