A grant of more than $21,000 from the Valero Energy Foundation has allowed firefighters in Blissfield Township, Michigan, to purchase a mechanical chest compression device to assist in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“Thanks again to Valero Energy for providing us with this equipment that not only makes our job a bit easier but allows us to provide our resident and patients a higher level of care,” the fire department Facebook page states.

The Valero Ethanol biorefinery in nearby Riga annually processes 19 million bushels of corn into approximately 55 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 145,000 tons of distillers grains co-products.

LUCAS, also known as the Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System, provides consistent and safer chest compressions when CPR is being administered. Compressions can continue while the patient is being being transported.