Thanks to a generous donation of $17,642 from Carrollton-based manufacturing company Western Extrusions to the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC), Carrollton citizens trained in CPR will soon be able to respond to other residents experiencing a cardiac event through a free app called PulsePoint.
When NTECC receives a cardiac call, PulsePoint will search the area around the call and notify those with the app installed of the locations of both the incident and the nearest automatic external defibrillator (AED). The goal of the program is to fill the critical gap between the time NTECC is notified and when medics arrive.
“The City is grateful for Western Extrusions’ generous donation for this exciting opportunity to even further improve medical response in Carrollton and surrounding communities,” Carrollton Mayor Kevin Falconer said. “Our vision for Carrollton is to be the community that families and businesses want to call home. Our commitment to protecting the lives of our citizens continues to make Carrollton one of the safest places to live, work, and play, and the PulsePoint app will greatly benefit our citizens.”
Through the PulsePoint app, users will be able to report and update AED locations, so that when a cardiac call occurs, nearby citizens trained in CPR and off-duty firefighters, police officers, and nurses can locate the closest AED. All citizens will have to do once the program is launched is download the free app, describe the location, and snap a photo, and then the information is stored for Carrollton public safety authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data is made available to anyone using the app, as well as to NTECC dispatchers, allowing them to direct callers to the nearest life-saving devices.
“During a cardiac event, every second is critical, so a community-based response is vital in giving the patient the best chances at survival,” Rex Redden, Carrollton Executive Director of Public Safety, said.
Bennett McEvoy, Vice President of Sales for Western Extrusions, said the company chose to donate to the project because of its commitment to the community that it has called home for 40 years.
“Cardiac events are a pervasive risk, and this program has a lot to offer toward mitigating tragic outcomes,” McEvoy said. “Western Extrusions is excited to support NTECC in their partnership with PulsePoint in order to help make this community even safer for those who live and work here.”
The implementation of the PulsePoint program to interface with NTECC’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system is underway and will benefit those in all four of the entities NTECC serves (the cities of Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch, as well as the Town of Addison). PulsePoint has also been implemented in other DFW cities such as Grapevine and Plano. The program has an estimated launch date of October 1 for the Metrocrest area.
Carrollton Fire Rescue also offers CPR/AED classes to train citizens to save a life. Classes are offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road), as well as to local businesses and schools by appointment. To register for a Saturday class date, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. For more information or to schedule a workplace or school training, call 972-466-4901.
To learn more about the PulsePoint system and watch a video of the app in action, visit pulsepoint.org. For more information about Carrollton’s continual public safety efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire or cityofcarrollton.com/police.
Western Extrusions has expanded our aluminum extrusion capability to include a new 14-inch press. The new 5100 ton press will be capable of producing profiles up to 20” wide and 25 pounds per foot. The new press will be installed beside our existing 5000 Ton 14” press, and will expand our capacity and flexibility across all markets including building and construction, transportation, electrical, solar, consumer durables, machinery and equipment and distribution products.
“This new press will provide us with the additional capacity and flexibility necessary to provide our customers with the high level of quality and service that they need in order to thrive in this competitive market. We also want to create redundancy in our large presses’ capabilities in order to further support our customers,” said Western Extrusions President, Patrick McEvoy, Jr. “This new press is not only an investment in Western’s future, it is an investment in our customers’ future as well.”
Founded in 1979, Western Extrusions has grown from a 49,000 square feet facility with one 7” press to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing space that includes five presses, a horizontal paint line, an anodizing line and large fabrication facility with CNC machining capabilities up to 55’.
At Western Extrusions, we have a long history of continued reinvestment in order to provide our customers the products they need when they need them. Through research in aluminum extrusions manufacturing, we continue to add the latest equipment from industry leaders to its on-site operations.
“Through the economic downturn, the extrusion consumers have seen a tremendous amount of change in the extrusion industry. Today, Western Extrusions remains among the most stable, independent extrusion company in the country,” noted Patrick Lenaburg, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We want our customers to know that as Western Extrusions continues to expand our capabilities, it is our dedication to quality and customer service that remains number one priority.”
Our extrusion lines are among the most sophisticated handling, quenching and heat treatment systems available. The combination of extrusion lines produces close tolerance profiles with a high quality finish in a wide variety of shapes and sizes demanded by many ever-changing industries. Western Extrusions aggressively seeks out new technologies and services to provide customers a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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