HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and Highland and HSHS Holy Family in Greenville recently donated two V-Watches to the Highland Pierron Fire Department. A V-Watch is a personal voltage detector that signals the presence of electrical fields or energized electrical equipment.
“When we are called out to a scene, depending on the situation, there could be downed power lines that are not visible, especially at night” said Todd Zobrist, captain of Highland Pierron Fire Volunteer Department. “After experiencing a close call with electrical lines, we decided to reach out for donations for V-Watches to increase the safety of our firefighters and first responders.”
From the donation provided by the local HSHS hospitals combined with other donations received, the Highland Pierron Volunteer Fire Department now has four V-Watches, two at each station.
When members from the fire department arrive on the scene, the V-Watches are worn around their neck by a lanyard. If the V-Watch senses high voltage within seven feet, it will flash a light and sound an alarm cautioning the wearer that voltage is present.
“When the fire department reached out regarding their need of V-Watches, we didn’t hesitate,” said Amy Liefer, director of philanthropy and community engagement at St. Joseph’s Hospitals Breese and Highland and HSHS Holy Family Hospital Greenville.