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The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety will be able to buy new equipment thanks to a grant from the state of Virginia.
The state grant comes from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Services Rescue Squad Assistance Fund, and will allow the county to purchase more than $120,000 worth of new medical equipment for five of the department’s ambulances.
According to a memo from County Administrator Neil Morgan, the grant will largely be spent on power loading fastening systems for the county’s existing stretcher equipment.
The county currently uses Stryker-brand stretchers, and the power loaders are compatible with the Stryker brand.
In the memo, Morgan said the power loaders were the latest in EMS technology, were up to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ standards and would increase safety for both patients and personnel.
“Ambulance stretchers are used for virtually every patient transported and ensuring both patient and provider safety is of utmost importance in EMS,” Morgan said in the memo. “Ensuring that safety has always been paramount for the department and equipping the department’s first line medic units with this important safety feature has been a goal since the development of this technology.”
The state-funded portion of the grant totaled about $60,300, with the remaining 50 percent coming from local funding.
York County Fire and Life Safety is the second locality in the Historic Triangle to receive an EMS grant this month. The James City County Fire Department received a $357,378 grant from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Services that will be used to buy a new ambulance and ambulance equipment for the county.