H.U.G.S Program Awards $2,000 to Grant County EMS for Medical Equipment Upgrade

Representatives from Pioneer Electric presented the Grant County EMS with a check for $2,000 made possible through the cooperative’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) program on Tuesday, January 5. The Grant County EMS will use the funds to update several key pieces of equipment used to determine the course they must take for care of patients.

“At the beginning of each call, we assess the patient’s airway,” said Paul Fort, Grant County EMS director. “This evaluation is critical in helping us determine the next steps for the patient.”

Fort will use the H.U.G.S. funds to purchase four portable suction devices (replacing old and less efficient models), four sets of fiberoptic laryngoscope handles, and two styles of one-time-use fiberoptic laryngoscope blades. The purchase of improved equipment will benefit EMTs and patients alike.

“Our first-responders are a vital part of the community,” said Anita Wendt, vice president of energy services. “The upgraded equipment will be a benefit to not only Grant County EMS, but for everyone they serve.”

Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. program is funded through the recycling of materials like steel, aluminum, or copper. As funds become available, Pioneer Electric seeks out projects within its service territory focused on impacting and improving communities.