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Emergency services in James City County are getting new equipment, thanks to a state grant.
The James City County Fire Department was the recipient of a Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant totaling $357,378 from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Services.
The funds will be used to upgrade the department’s equipment, and to provide additional training to department personnel.
One of the larger items the grant will fund is the purchase of a new ambulance for use at the new Fire Station 4 on Olde Towne Road. The new ambulance will replace an older ambulance with more than 186,000 miles.
The department will also buy a new power lift stretcher for use in the ambulance, a power load system to be installed in the ambulance, and EMS equipment, including two defibrillators.
“This grant funds a package of EMS training equipment to further strengthen the quality of the training program and provide personnel with advanced skills to better care for patients in need,” interim Fire Chief Ryan Ashe said in a memo to the Board of Supervisors.
The county must provide matching funds equal to 50 percent of the grant total — equaling $178,689 — for the fire department to receive the state grant. Those county funds will come from the fiscal year 2016 capital improvements program for the ambulance, stretcher and power loader, and the grants match account in the general fund for the EMS equipment.