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      New device performs CPR steps for first responders

      The Michigamme-Spurr EMS has a new device to help perform CPR, and on Tuesday morning first responders learned how it works.

      It's called the Lucas Chest Compression System, and this battery powered device automatically gives 100 chest compressions with a two inch depth per minute.

      Officials say the machine makes compressions consistent and effective.

      "To see this device take over the compression side of it which is the most tedious part, it is amazing to see that happen and I realize that this is a device that all rural squads across the U.P. could make use of," said first responder James Daly.

      It cost $14,000 to purchase, but the community raised more than half of that and the Michigamme and Spurr Townships each pitched in $2,000.