Meigs EMS receives equipment via grants

POMEROY — Meigs County Emergency Medical Services recently received much needed equipment for their training academy and field patient care through state and private grants.

Gallipolis Elks Lodge 107, which serves Meigs, Mason and Gallia counties, provided Meigs County with funds to purchase CPR mannequins and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) trainers for the EMS Training Academy. The equipment will be used to train EMTs/paramedics, first responders, health care professionals and civilians in CPR/AED techniques.

The equipment was purchased through the Elk’s Community Service grant. Steve Marxen, Elk’s grant coordinator, was on hand to present the equipment to the county.

In addition, Meigs County EMS purchased a Stryker Bariatric cot to be more effective in providing efficient medical care and safe transportation for obese patients. The new cot will safely and comfortably transport patients up to 850 pounds. The cot was purchased through state EMS grant funds.

Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith said he believes the new equipment will provide EMS with the tools they need to continue to excel in patient care for Meigs County citizens.

“We are very grateful to Steve and the Elks fraternity for considering Meigs EMS for their grant,” Smith said. “Director (Robbie) Jacks and his staff do a great job seeking alternative funding for projects. This is another good example.”