County gets EMS update

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The Monroe County Board received an update on the county ambulance service among other matters during its Monday morning meeting.

Monroe County Ambulance Service Director Carla Heise confirmed delivery of two new power lift stretchers for the service. Previously, EMS personnel had to physically raise and lower stretchers to move patients and load them into ambulances. These new power lift stretchers will be both safer and more secure for patients as well as helping to prevent injuries to personnel, she said.

Heise then told of receiving an IDOT grant to be used to purchase child safety booster seats that will be offered free to families with children of appropriate age and size.

Monroe County EMS is working with Walmart to purchase the maximum number of seats with the grant, and expects to be able to make at least 50 available. Booster seats will be offered April 26, during the YMCA Kids Day. Parents will have to have the child present and at- tend a class to ensure they make proper use of the seats.

Heise also updated delivery of the new ambulance that will modernize the county’s emergency vehicle fleet, stating it will arrive here April 14 or 15.

Monroe County Administrator Linda Lehr told commissioners she is receiving proposals from firms to develop and implement a new internet web presence for Monroe County. She said objectives being targeted include making the service more visually attractive, user friendly and easy to update

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