A $45,000 Clinton County Legacy Fund grant awarded to Blanchester EMS (Emergency Medical Services) will go toward the acquisition of two power cots.
“The purchase will allow us to transport patients up to 700 pounds in a dignified manner, and effectively eliminate lifting the cot manually,” said Blanchester EMS Chief Jim Burroughs.
“It will allow our EMTs [emergency medical technicians] to lift, lower, load, and unload with the push of a button, taking the strain off the backs and reducing the risk of injury to our staff and the patient,” the chief added.
Burroughs indicated they hope to purchase the equipment locally as they are trying to partner with Ferno in Wilmington and thereby re-invest the Legacy Fund monies in a Clinton County company and its employees.
The grant will provide partial funding to purchase two power cots and fasteners to replace existing Blanchester EMS equipment that is not up to current industry standards, Burroughs said.
The Blanchester EMS’ service area includes the village of Blanchester, and Marion and Jefferson Townships in Clinton County, encompassing more than 50 square miles and 8,000 people.
“We would like to take this time to thank the Legacy Fund Committee for helping put the staff of Blanchester EMS and our community in mind with the funding for this project. Without their help the monies would not have been available,” said the chief.
Blanchester EMS is one of nine recipients in the first cycle of grants awarded by the Legacy Fund Committee. The Legacy Fund consists of money the county obtained from selling county-owned Clinton Memorial Hospital.