By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
Fundraisers are a huge part of any fire or police department’s budget in a small community. The Morgan’s Point Resort Police Department recently purchased new automated external defibrillators (AED) and pads for the patrol cars from funds raised by the Volkswagon Bug Fest and several events hosted by the Police Officers Support Team (POST). POST has recently shut down due to a lack of community volunteers.
More than $11,000 was raised, which allowed MPR PD to purchase seven new AEDs. The older models will be updated and put in a variety of support vehicles. Two will go with the fire trucks, and several will be installed on backup police vehicles. The Dive Truck support vehicle will also have one installed. The older AEDs need upgrades with new software installed. The new AEDs are state of the art. They the same AEDs that are being installed in ambulances.
MPR’s Police Department has every officer trained as either an Emergency Care Attendant or Emergency Medical Technician. This is a big deal because they are the only department in Bell County in which every officer is trained this way.
The VW Bug Fest raised more than $4,500 last year for the AEDs. The Lake Jamboree Cook-off raised more than $10,000 divided between the Fire and Police Departments.
“If a vehicle of ours arrives, there will be an AED onboard. Whether it is in a support vehicle or an ambulance, we will have one with our officers and trained personnel. This is part of our effort to provide quality service in this area. If a patrol officer arrives on the scene first, he is trained in emergency care,” said Fred Churchill, Police Chief.
The department also started an RU OK? program and is working with the Belton Police Department. Both departments worked the Health Fair last weekend promoting the service. Belton started to program to call seniors living alone once a week, and MPR followed.
Both departments are supposed to attended and present information on the RU OK? at the Belton Senior Expo in September at the Bell County Expo.
The MPR Dive Swift Water Rescue Team recently received two underwater lift bags. Each bag is capable of lifting 4,000 pounds underwater. This should help with the removal of sunken vehicles at the bottom of the lake. They currently are testing out the equipment before giving a public demonstration. Funds came from the Jamboree.