Madison County E911 And EMS Awarded GrantsDec 13th, 2012 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
Madison County E911 Receives $420,996.78
Madison County E.M.S. Receives $187,159.00
• Madison County E911 has been awarded a grant to replace the existing 911 system with a state of the art Next Generation 911 system that will be placed into the new communications center which is currently being refurbished. The grant is a competitive grant awarded by the State 911 Board. Madison County came out on top and is being fully funded in the amount of $379,147.78. The grant was particularly challenging, since the time frame for submittal was about 3 weeks and competition from other counties was intense. The grant was prepared by Juan Botino with assistance from AK Associates, who designed the system. If the grant had failed, the county would have had to purchase a new system, since the end of life cycle of the current system has been reached. There are additional costs savings by not having to move the current system. In addition, another grant in the amount of $41,849 was awarded for current 911 maintenance items. The new system will give Madison County E911 the latest technology and will allow us to better serve the citizens and visitors of Madison County.
• Madison County E.M.S. applied for and received a matching grant in the amount of $176,698 that went towards the purchase of two generator powered ambulances and 3 Lifepak 15 defibrillator monitors. The ambulances replace two older units that have been remounted several times. The defibrillator monitors replace 10 year old Lifepak 12s. Madison County EMS was one of the first rural counties to participate in the LifeNet system, where the paramedics can transmit 12 lead ECGs, capnography, pulse oxymetry and other vital signs to T.M.H., Capital Regional, and South Georgia Medical Center from the scene or the ambulance. If the patient needs cardiac intervention, the cardiac team is waiting at the hospital and the patient is taken straight to the cath lab, saving precious time and lives. In addition, another grant in the amount of $11,161 was received to purchase two new stretchers and a stair chair.
• An unannounced state inspection of Madison County E.M.S. was conducted on October 30, 2012 and there were no deficiencies found, giving us exemplary service status. Since 1987, Madison County E.M.S. has passed all state inspections (conducted every two years) with no deficiencies.