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Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase


Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Stryker Power Cot is guaranteed to reduce cot related injuries. Preston Emergency Services was granted permission to invest in this new equipment with the support of AGSTAR, Preston Fire Department, and Preston City Council. Photo submitted

Preston Emergency Service receives $2,500 grant from AGSTAR. Preston Emergency used the grant along with funds given by Preston Fire Department to Purchase a Masimo Rad-57 Carbon Monoxide Oximeter. This device is able to read oxygen levels and carbon monoxide levels which are attached to hemoglobin. Our current monitor cannot read the difference between oxygen and CO, which will result in a false reading of the oxygen level. This monitor will be used to treat victims of carbon monoxide poisonings also used during fire rehab.

Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase Stryker Power Cot and Lucas CPR device.

The Stryker Power Cot is guaranteed by Stryker to reduce cot related injuries. Forty seven percent of EMS workers have sustained back related injuries with a majority of injuries caused by lifting or lowering patients. The Stryker Power Cot is powered by a 24 volt battery that operates a hydraulic system that lifts and lowers the cot with a touch of a bottom reducing the need for our volunteers to strain their backs lifting the cot and patients. The cot was also ordered with the optional XPS (expandable patient surface) which includes a wider and thicker mattress and side rails that adjust to seven different positions to give additional surface area to allow our patient to have a more comfortable ride.

The Lucas CPR system is a mechanical device that provides CPR automatically to a patient who is in cardiac arrest. For Preston EMS the Lucas system highlights two topics; advanced patient care and staff efficiency. One of the most important and demanding calls we can be on is a cardiac arrest with CPR. Manual CPR is very exhausting physically and mentally. With our minimum two person crew a CPR attempt can be very difficult without additional volunteers being called upon for assistance. With the Lucas System, CPR can be administered with minimal staffing and provide better quality compressions. During manual CPR the national average hands off time is 22 percent and increases to nearly 29 percent during transport; our on-scene and transport time to meet Advanced Life Support or to Mayo Clinic averages 60 minutes. Lucas system can be placed on the patient and allow a crew of two to transport to the nearest location and reduce that hands off time to 9 percent and increase the blood flow by as much as 60 percent. With the Lucas CPR system a single patient can be administered an additional 13 .....
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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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Discussion initiated for Preston Community Center

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council’s November 19 meeting Mayor Kurt Reicks began a discussion concerning a community center. Reicks had been approached by the Fillmore County Ag Society as to the possibility of working together to make a community cen ..... 
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Preston discusses residential issues

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase ..... 
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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support. Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital ..... 
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Green belt for Brownsville Mobile Home Park?

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Kerry and Nancy Soiney aired their complaint at the Preston City Council’s October 7 meeting insisting that a “green belt” should be established along the Brownsville Street section (in front of about five mobile homes) of the Brownsville Mobi ..... 
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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Str ..... 
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Walz announces $10 million grant for Preston Veteran Cemetery

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Construction of the cemetery will give peace of mind to 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families MANKATO, Minn. – Representative Tim Walz announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $10 million grant covering 100 percent o ..... 
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Ten year plan for Preston street maintenance

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karne Reisner Jim Bakken, Public Works, reviewed a detailed 10 year street maintenance schedule at the city council’s September 16 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Streets have been assigned a numerical rating. Bakken said $4 ..... 
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