Village of Barrington Receives Grant from ComEd, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to Support Public Safety Initiative

Village of Barrington News
September 7, 2018

The Village of Barrington is one of 21 local communities from across northern Illinois to receive a Powering Safe Communities grant from ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

As part of the annual ComEd Powering Safe Communities Program, which funds public safety initiatives in northern Illinois, the Village of Barrington will receive a grant of $10,000 to fund the purchase of two Lucas CPR mechanical assist devices. These battery-powered units enhance paramedics’ lifesaving efforts for cardiac arrest patients through automated chest compressions, allowing paramedics to concentrate on more advanced resuscitative skills, such as IV access, medication delivery, defibrillation, and advanced airway management.

"We are very gratified to have been chosen to receive this grant," said Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie. "The Lucas CPR device is truly a game-changer in emergency medicine. It handles chest compressions automatically during a cardiac event, freeing up our paramedics and personnel to attend to a patient's other needs during an emergency. We are very grateful to ComEd and to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for providing us with the extraordinary opportunity to offset the cost of this device."

This is the third year that ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have joined forces for the Powering Safe Communities Program. Each of the 21 projects selected this year proposed a unique way to improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programs, increase community resiliency, and address unmet safety needs. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus — a council for Chicagoland’s chief elected officials to collaborate on public policy issues — reviewed all applications, and grants of up to $10,000 were offered to communities to support the most innovative, impactful, and essential public safety initiatives.

"At ComEd, safety is our number one priority — not just for our employees and our customers, but for the greater communities where we live, work, and play,” said Terence R. Donnelly, president and COO of ComEd. “For the last few years, we’ve delivered on that promise by partnering with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to carry out the Powering Safe Communities Program. We are pleased to see proposals from this year’s grantees to invest in innovative technologies that will strengthen their response to critical safety and health concerns.”

ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus share a commitment to ensuring that residents of northern Illinois are protected in their communities. Working together through the Powering Safe Communities partnership, they have put this commitment into action, delivering more than $500,000 in funding to 70 public safety projects in the last three years. ComEd has provided funding for the program since its inception four years ago, and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has served as the program administrator for the last three grant cycles.

“The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus knows that we are stronger because of the tireless work of our public servants. That’s why it’s so important to us that our local municipalities have the resources they need to keep both our public servants and the community members they protect safe and secure,” said Joseph Mancino, Mayor of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. “Thanks to ComEd’s generous support, we are once again able to realize this goal and assist over 20 local communities as they pursue tailored public safety solutions.”

Information on the Powering Safe Communities Program can be found here:

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