Big Sky Fire Department Chief Greg Megaard discusses the decision to keep lifesaving equipment in Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY OF DUSTIN TETRAULT

Bolstering partnerships and improving patient care

Big Sky Fire Department donates $95,000 in gear

Minutes – even seconds – matter in the quest to save a life. Sharing resources with partners is essential in small communities like Big Sky, explained Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) Chief Greg Megaard.

On a sunny day outside of Big Sky Fire Station #1 the fire department was able to pass nearly $100,000 in equipment to the Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) as well as Big Sky Ski Patrol.

Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) was able to acquire some new gear thanks to CARES Act dollars, so the conversation began on how best to make use of the gear in the community.

BSFD and its board of trustees decided to donate LUCAS devices to the ski patrol.

LUCAS devices are capable of delivering consistent chest compressions that would otherwise be limited by human fatigue, Ski Patrol Director Ryan Ayers explained.

Stretchers and radios were donated to SAR.

Having these tools remain in the community and increase patient care in the effort to save lives is testament to an impressive partnership, Sergeant Daniel Haydon, Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office, Canyon Section explained.

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