The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

Montana DOT grant a boon to Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue


November 1, 2017

There was recently some great news for Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue (JVEMS) when they were notified of a grant award from the Montana Department of Transportation.

According to Grant Bureau Chief Audrey Allums, JVEMS has been awarded grant funding for three Stryker Power Cots, one Stryker Power Loader, two Stryker Rail Systems and 1 Zoll x-series Monitor.

Allums said the grant award is based upon an estimated total cost for the equipment of $138,000, which MDOT has determined though their purchasing experience for the EMS Grant Program. She said based on this cost, the ambulance service will be responsible for providing a local match of $13,800 (10 percent). Allums added that the match requirement may changed based on actual purchase price of the equipment.

“The Montana DOT EMS Grant will have a huge positive impact on our Members and the Patients we service in the communities we provide services,” said JVEMS Service Manager Trent Biggers. “The Power Cots and Power Load System assist our EMT’s in safely lifting and loading our patients into the Ambulances. The Stryker Rail Systems will provide our patients with safer transports. The Zoll X Series Cardiac Monitor will provide out potential Cardiac Patients with better heart monitoring capabilities and the ability to send those readings directly to the receiving hospital so that appropriate interventions and personnel are prepared and ready for the patient. This grant is a game changer for our organization.”


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