September 18, 2013

Defibrillator donations fall short

By LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican

---- — AUSABLE FORKS — The AuSable Forks Volunteer Ambulance Service is asking for more donations toward the purchase of two new Zoll X Series defibrillators to equip both ambulances.

The group is about $52,000 short of its fundraising goal for the devices.

The defibrillators, which monitor blood pressure, body temperature, cardiac rhythms, pulse oximetry and carbon monoxide, are vital in offering the highest possible level of patient care, Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said.

“With the rapid advancements in the emergency care field, keeping current on equipment is crucial in offering the level of care we have come to expect from this dedicated group of volunteers and paid staff,” he said in a news release.

The squad, made up of mostly volunteers and supported by a team of salaried advanced emergency medical technicians, is certified in levels up to paramedic. Members had contacted the community in June through a letter campaign soliciting donations.

“This fundraising effort has opened my eyes to just how caring and supportive the residents of Jay and Black Brook are to this Ambulance Service,” said AuSable Forks Ambulance Chief Bill Minogue in the release.

“They have reached deep into their pockets at a time when budgets are tight and given generously to this campaign. The squad estimates that we have reached the $20,000 mark at this time, which still leaves us shy of our original goal.”

The defibrillator units cost $36,000 each.

Donations can be mailed to: AuSable Forks Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 835, AuSable Forks, NY 12912.

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