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MOUNT PLEASANT — New life-saving equipment is coming to the South Shore Fire Department.

The Fire Department is planning to purchase 10 new defibrillators, including heart monitors and six AutoPulse units, which are automated CPR devices.

South Shore Fire Chief Rob Stedman made presentations to the villages of Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant about the need for these devices.

“It’s very critical that we have these monitors, they work effectively,” Stedman said of the defibrillators.

The cost is just under $400,000 for the defibrillators, with Sturtevant paying roughly 20 percent of the cost, the department plans to have the equipment paid off over a five-year period.

Mount Pleasant approved the purchase on June 25 and Sturtevant approved the purchase on Monday.

The need for new defibrillators became apparent last year when the department was informed by the company that manufactures them — Phillips Healthcare— that the product was recalled “due to an FDA issue,” Stedman said.

Stedman said the department plans to purchase the equipment from Physio Control, which offered 0 percent interest with the first payment not due until 2019. He added other departments in the area are also switching to Physio.

“With our current defibrillators and heart monitors, we’ve had a number of issues,” Stedman said. “We have two units that are giving us a lot of issues. We’ve been able to keep them maintained, but we don’t know how long that’s going to happen.”

For the AutoPulse units, Stedman said he placed the funds for that equipment — about $100,000 — in the capital improvement plan for 2020.

Stedman said the AutoPulse units were going to be purchased last year but that was delayed “due to other priorities.”

Police get new equipment

Meanwhile, the Mount Pleasant Police Department is going to get a new automated license plate reader. The department currently has two squad cars that have the scanners, and the third license plate reader costs just under $17,000.

Captain Matt Soens said the department budgeted $20,000 for the license plate reader and added the squad cars with the scanners are normally on the road for two to three shifts.


Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.