I’ve fallen and I’m trying to get back up — with the blog posts that is.
In that spirit, I’m thrilled to report that Kent received some excellent news from Congressman Ryan’s Office and Senator Brown’s Office a couple of weeks back — we’re receiving a grant award in the amount of $186,789 to upgrade our Emergency Medical Services capabilities.
The last call we got from the Congressman and the Senator’s Office was the $20 million announcement for the new PARTA Transit Center and while the dollar amount of this recent grant award seems small in comparison, when it comes to saving lives this equipment is priceless.
EMS equipment is the kind of thing you hope you never have to use but when you need it, you want the best available, and you want it there quickly — and thanks to the grant award that’s exactly what we’ll be able to do.
The grant allows the City to supplement the life saving tools we keep in our tool kit. With the grant funds we will purchase 4 new heart monitors, 12 Automated External Defribillators (AEDs) and 5 automatic CPR machines. The AEDs will be placed in all of the department response vehicle other than the Med Units so that if another unit arrives first, as they often do, they will be able to use the AED to potentially save a person’s life.
Grants don’t just happen, they’re the result of a lot of hard work and thoughtful planning — and great support from our elected officials. Once again Congressman Ryan and Senator Brown delivered the goods. But the local staff that put the package together deserve some major props as well so here’s a big shout out to the following fire department members and an honorary non-member for their work on this grant application;
Here’s some of the original notifications and a copy of the actual application which gives you a great perspective on how important this equipment is in the daily work of saving lives in Kent.