PALISADE, Colo.-The Palisade Rural Fire Protection District recently purchased two new pieces of life-saving equipment thanks to a grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

The grant was awarded during the fall 2016 cycle, with Palisade Fire receiving $50,000.

This money was used to purchase two Life-Pak 15 cardiac monitors and defibrillators.

The new monitors will allow EMT and paramedics to more accurately and closely monitor patients during assessment and transport, with special features allowing officials to send critical information to hospitals via bluetooth technology.

It also has the ability to monitor pulse rate, automatically assess blood pressure, and monitor oxygen saturation in the blood, as well as 4-lead and 12-lead EKG monitoring.

The Life-Pak also operates as a defibrillator during cardiac arrest.

With all of these features, officials say medical providers can perform more tasks promptly while never decreasing care and monitoring of the patient.

Each Life-pak can cost up to $30,000, and according to the Palisade Fire Department, they’re very grateful to be able to provide more care to the community with these new tools, and would like to thank the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District for making this possible.