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Batavia ambulance service receives federal grant

BATAVIA – Mercy Emergency Medical Services, the Genesee County ambulance service branch of Mercy Flight WNY, has been awarded a $103,637 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Rep. Chris Collins , R, Clarence, announced Wednesday.

Collins said funding such an important first responder organizations to help them improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types “is an excellent and prudent use of federal money.”

Bill Schutt, Mercy EMS general manager, said the grant will permit his organization “to equip all our first-line ambulances with power lift stretchers and tracked stair-chairs.” He said the power stretcher allows a crew to lift a patient with the touch of a button, eliminating manual lifting and the associated risk of injury to crews.” The tracked stair-chair, he said, “allows a patient to be moved down a flight of stairs with no lifting involved, again reducing the risk of injuries from lifting.

Schutt said the new equipment will provide increased patient safety.