Edgewater Fire-Rescue was recently awarded nearly $60,000 in Federal grant money through the Assitance to Firefighters Grant that is managed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will be used provide state of the art cardiac monitors for the department’s three front line units – Engine 55, Engine 57 and Rescue 57. The current cardiac monitors from those units will be moved to back up equipment and allow the department to broaden its spectrum of how emergency medical services are provided to area residents. Lieutenant/Paramedic Dan Ruth prepared and submitted the grant while on duty between responding to emergency calls and attending required training sessions. Acting Fire Chief, Captain Steve Cousins, advises, “all members of our department are assigned a ‘special project’ and while this is not Dan’s assignment, he has willingly taken on this role for our department and been extremely successful. He has obtained nearly $2 million dollars in funding to support our fire and emergency medical services operations.” The department anticipates purchasing the units in the upcoming months and putting them into service as soon as they arrive.
Thursday, 12 March 2009 13:22