When lives are at stake, both the Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Fire Department stand ready to save as many lives as possible. When Fire Chief C.W. Blosser approached our Clinic CEO, Hilja Bilodeau, for help finding funding for advanced lifesaving equipment for the fire department, Hilja was quick to act.
As Chief Blosser explained, when the Lee County ambulance is on a call or transporting a patient off island, the fire department responds to any other calls coming in. Unfortunately, when the ambulance isn’t available, neither is the advanced life savings it carries. To solve the problem, many of our BG firemen have become Firefighter/Paramedics. The next step in the process was the equipment including LP-15 (cardiac monitor/defibrillator) and a Lucas Compression Device to assist in C.P.R. delivery. The total price tag of $90,000 was not in the Fire Department budget and while Chief Blosser was successful funding a majority of that with a grant, the remaining balance was still more than the FD budget could handle. Adding to the problem was the desire to have the vital services fully operational by January which left no time for BGFD to raise the funds themselves.
Hilja Bilodeau and the Clinic Board recognized the urgency of the request and the lifesaving services that would be available to our community and agreed unanimously that the request was well within the Boca Grande Health Clinic’s mission. The Clinic is pleased to fund the financial deficit for the purchase and be a small part of the lives that may be saved in the future.