El Paso firefighters along with Sierra Providence Health Network are saving lives one cooler at a time.
El Paso firefighters say research shows people who have a heart attack have a higher survival rate if the body is drastically cooled. Firefighters said they can do just that with near freezing saline solution that is stored in compact, portable coolers that look like specialized ice chest. Sierra Providence is helping the fire department purchase the coolers by donating nearly $7,000.
“This does a very similar process of cooling the body to limit the amount of oxygen the body needs to function so that there's less damage to the brain," said Deputy Chief Chris Celaya.