Commitment to community is one of the seven cooperative principles. In keeping with this principle, CHEC recently awarded a grant to the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad (HIRS) to purchase a Lund University Cardiac Assist System (LUCAS) for the station. This grant for $16,183.03, was made in partnership with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperative’s (NCEC) Community Development Matching Grant Fund.
The LUCAS is an easy-to-use mechanical chest compression device that delivers high-quality and consistent chest compressions to someone in cardiac arrest. The machine prevents strain on first responders and keeps their hands free to help more people.
Since 1980, HIRS has provided rescue and water-rescue services to the residents and visitors of Hatteras Island. The non-profit organization also supports the community by providing safety training including their Rip Current Hazard & Beach Safety course. HIRS has also provided CHEC staff with CPR and first aid training for more than 10 years at no cost.
CHEC is proud to partner with NCEC to support HIRS and invest in this lifesaving equipment that will benefit all of Hatteras Island.