Richland Fire Department gets high-tech training mannequin

RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland firefighters have a new tool in order to better serve the community. It’s called the SIM-MAN ALS, or simulation mannequin advanced life support. 

The department got the SIM-MAN about a month ago for about $30,000. A trainer from the company who makes the product came to Richland to train firefighters on how to use it and keep up with the maintenance.

“We can have him go through respiratory emergencies, bleeding, IV medications, CPR,” said Lt. Andy Sabin with Richland Fire. “We technology the way it is, we can make – change his breathing patterns, change his heart rate.”

Unlike others in the Tri-Cities, firefighters can use an IO, which drills into the bone in order to give it medication. This is typically used if paramedics can’t find a vein to start an IV. The mannequin can be drilled in the arm and shin.

It can also be intubated if the mannequin stops breathing. A touchscreen keypad controls the sim-man.

They can make the mannequin scream in pain and have a hard time breathing.

“We go on calls, but a lot of this stuff that we do, we don't get to practice on our critical skills as often,” Sabin said. “So this allows us to come in here and use those skills in a practice setting so we're ready for it when we go out in a field.”

The department also has another new tool – a fire truck. Currently, they’re working on putting it into service, which should be within the next few months. 

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