Tallmadge -- Three new patient cots will be added to ambulances at the Tallmadge Fire Department this spring.
City Council officially accepted a $40,000 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Feb. 13, and the fire department put the funds toward the purchase of two of the cots that feature power load systems.
The city contributed an additional $47,000 from the capital improvement fund to cover the balance of the purchase.
Mayor Dave Kline said the hydraulic systems are installed on the ambulances, and regular cots attach. The system is designed to take the strain off paramedics when maneuvering patients into and out of the ambulances.
"The [paramedics] aren't breaking their backs, lifting [patients] up and down," Kline said.
According to Fire Chief Patrick Gaffney, the ambulances should have the cots and power load systems around April 1.
Akron General Medical Center donated a third cot that has a power design but not a hydraulic load system.
The hospital is the medical advisory facility for the Tallmadge Fire Department, which paramedics contact for medical advice and support when treating patients, Kline said.
Gaffney said the fire department is considering buying a new ambulance for 2015 and would like to install the donated power cot with a power load system that the fire department would buy.
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