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Altoona firefighters receive life-saving devices

Monday, December 4, 2017
Ruth Wendlandt | WEAU

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Area firefighters are receiving a device to help save lives.

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Northwestern Bank is donating 20 units of the Northern Star to the Altoona Fire Department.

The device is an eight-directional electronic compass that firefighters can place inside masks to orientate themselves in low-visibility conditions.

Altoona Fire Chief Mark Renderman says another donor donated 10 units. He says with all the donations, the entire department will be outfitted with the Northern Star.

"We'll do some training with the devices, and then we'll place them in the face pieces of our firefighters. Likely, they will be in within the week into everybody's face piece, so it will be activated likely with in the week," said Renderman.

Jeff Dykes, an Eau Claire firefighter invented the Northern Star.

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