Geneva EMS departments to receive ADECA grant for new gear

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HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Radios, heart monitors and tablets are all items Hartford emergency medical services needs and will soon get.

Geneva County was awarded $300k from an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant to spilt between all counties of Geneva.

All Geneva County Mayors worked together to decide how the grant money would be best used for the county. They decided to direct their funds towards their EMS departments.

“Hartford in that case we are gonna try to acquire a heart monitor, several radios, and some touch pads for the individual units,” said Neil Strickland Hartford Mayor.

According to Strickland, the Hartford EMS is down to two heart monitors with one being a little non-functional, he said getting a new one will be extremely helpful for the units.

“The requirement of having one more brand new will help them tremendously,” Strickland said. “These new heart monitors do a lot more than just you know monitor your kgs and those type things. So it’s very important for the individual ambulance units to have.”

Strickland said the radios will be useful for situations where the paramedics don’t have telephone access to communicate and the tablets are a much needed upgrade.

“They were very excited about it and especially the timeline because I found out in the information today that within two months these type things should be able to get back to them to be able to start utilizing,” Strickland said. “So all that looks like a pure green light now. So they’re very excited to have access to use it.”

The Black Volunteer Fire Station will also be receiving new turnout gear and radios from the grant.

The amount of funds granted to each city hasn’t been determined yet.

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