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Ambulance Service receives grant

Photo by Greg Bird The Ambulance Service will be replacing the old heart monitors on all ambulances with the grant award.

By Greg Bird

The McCreary County Ambulance Service is the beneficiary of a Federal Assistance to Firefighters grant
The grant, totaling $153,470, will be used to secure new heart monitors for all ambulances. The new units will replace the outdated monitors, first purchased in 2011.
Senator Mitch McConnell announced the grant last week after contacting FEMA with his support for the application said the grant award allows first responders to protect McCreary County citizens.
“Kentucky’s brave first responders deserve the best tools possible to fulfill their duty and protect our communities, and I was proud to work with leaders in McCreary County to help deliver these federal resources,” said Senator McConnell. “It’s my responsibility to be our state’s voice in Washington, and as Senate Majority Leader I’m able to draw national attention to Kentucky’s priorities like this one. This new equipment can help the brave men and women who choose to run toward danger, and it’s my privilege to support them in their life-saving work.”
Jimmy Barnett, McCreary County EMS Director, thanked the Senator for his support allowing the Ambulance Service to obtain vital life-saving equipment.
“We are proud to have been awarded the grant, and we greatly appreciate the support from Senator Mitch McConnell with this project,” Barnett said. “Coming from a small town, it is often hard for us to afford such big purchases, but thanks to the support we received from Senator McConnell, we can get top-of-the-line equipment to aid in providing patient care.”

The new monitors will meet safety standards and help provide critical services throughout the region.

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