Smithtown Toyota owner Steve Cannata presents Nissequoque Fire Department Chief Steve Schmidt (left) and Lieutenant Russell von Frank of the Ambulance Company of the Nissequogue Fire Department with a new CPR unit. (Courtesy photo).
A Smithtown business owner is helping Nissequogue firefighters increase its rescues rate responding to cardiac emergencies.
Steve Cannata, Smithtown Toyota president and CEO, donated a Resusci Anne CPR training unit to the Nissequogue Volunteer Fire Department on Aug. 20. The CPR training unit is worth more than $4,000.
Cannata is also a board member of the Great New York Automotive Deals Association, which administers the the CPR unit donations.
Steve Schmidt, president of the Nissequogue Volunteer Fire Department, thanked Cannata for the donation of the training equipment. The fire department's former manikin was in poor condition, dating back to the 1970s. The new training unit will allow the fire department to properly train its volunteers on the correct way to provide CPR to a person suffering cardiac arrest.
The NADA has donated thousands of CPR manikins, totally more than $2 million, across the nation. Millions of people have been trained on these donated units.