HAZARD — The Perry County Ambulance Authority has a new ambulance that is equipped with state of the art technology designed to assist patients with back injuries and mobility limitations. A grant for $10 thousand was used as part of the funding for the new ambulance. The Board of Directors for the Ambulance Service approved the additional funding needed to purchase, not only the vehicle, but also the new patient lift-system, which cost an additional $40 thousand.
“We’re getting better equipment and better vehicles for everyone to work with,” said Ambulance Service Director Jason Taylor, “Next, we plan on getting another new ambulance with additional grant money. This one will be a four wheel drive.”
The additional grant money the Ambulance Service is seeking will equal about $50 thousand dollars. Over the past year, the Ambulance Service has also used grant money to purchase new equipment to assist with cardiac issues emergency crews experience out in the field.
“Our main focus here is safety,” said Judge Executive Scott Alexander, “Having new equipment to serve the patients is one thing we have looked at, and we are trying to upgrade as we go.”
The new ambulance will not only help patients. It will help emergency crews avoid injury from heavy lifting, as well. Perry County Ambulance responds to approximately 11 thousand calls for help each year.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.