The Eastport Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with the Annapolis Fire Department recently purchased a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, called LifePak-15, at the cost of about $30,000.
In addition to its full 12-lead EKG transmission, oxygen saturation monitoring, and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring capabilities, the LifePak-15 has dozens of new features and technical enhancements that will improve the entire spectrum of emergency care, from the incident scene all the way to the hospital emergency room.
“This unit provides our Annapolis paramedics with the most up-to-date cardiac rescue technology,” Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes said.
The LifePak-15 was paid for with grant money from the state and donations from the Eastport Volunteer Fire Department.
Eastport Volunteer Fire Company President Al Kirchner thanked Eastport’s citizens, civic groups and businesses for their continued support.
“This accomplishment belongs to the generous people in our community who helped pay for it,” he said.
Over the past five years, the Eastport Volunteer Fire Company has spent more than $790,000 for apparatus, equipment and improvements at the Eastport fire station.
The Eastport Volunteer Fire Company has served Eastport and the greater Annapolis community since 1886. The group meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall at 914 Bay Ridge Avenue in Eastport. The company welcomes anyone wishing to become a member or simply help out with the company’s programs related to fire and emergency medical services.
Many of you have contacted the city regarding the City Dock Bulkhead Replacement Project. The project is on schedule and within budget.
The contractor receives six shipments of steel sheet piles each week at 6 a.m. These shipments are escorted by the police to the location so there is no interruption in traffic during the morning rush hour. To date, there has been 475 linear feet of steel sheet pile driven of 700 total linear feet.
Once the piles are driven to the proposed tip elevation, they are cut off to grade. Along Dock Street, 294 linear feet of existing concrete seawall has been demolished and removed, 270 linear feet of new seawall has been fully formed (including rebar, conduit, pedestal bond cuts and step forming) and is ready for concrete. Two hundred linear feet of stone backfill has been placed, 200 linear feet of electrical conduit has been installed and nine mooring bitts (of 48 total) have been installed in the formed seawall.
Pile driving activities on this project are due to be completed by mid-February and the overall Bulkhead Project will be done by April 8.
Currently, there are five seismic monitors installed around the perimeter of the project within a 100-foot radius of the project. The locations were identified by Seismic Surveys Inc. (SSI) and approved by the design team structural engineers.
SSI is the same firm that provided monitoring on the City Dock Phase 1 project completed in April 2008. The seismic monitors record the vibrations 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. A Pre-construction Survey of all structures within a 200-foot radius was completed prior to the start of the pile driving.
Interim surveys are conducted on a monthly basis. The first monthly survey was conducted Dec. 8-10. The results indicate “no construction related changes were observed” at any of the structures. The second monthly survey is currently underway. In an effort to be proactive, the contractor is in the process of opening a claim with their insurance company so that an adjuster will be available to evaluate any damage claims.
Nuisance flooding, primarily due to rain events, continues to be an issue and the city uses two Vactor trucks (1,000 gallons each) to remove the water from the Dock Street parking lot in front of the Harbor Master building.
Weekly updates on the project can be found at www.annapolis.gov.
(This article comes from Capital Gazette editor released)