Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON – Governor Steve Beshear announced last week $4.1 million in State Homeland Security Grants for projects across Kentucky. The Marshall County Ambulance Service was the recipient of $63,000 of those grant dollars for the purchase of two heart monitors.
Marshall County EMS Director Mark Harrison said the upgrades will mean five of the county’s six ambulances will now be equipped with 12 lead EKG monitors just like those found in hospitals. They will also be able to transmit those EKGs directly to the hospital.
“We have been trying to upgrade our monitors for the past few years,” said Harrison. “This gives us two more. The big thing is that we are able to transmit EKGs to the hospitals before we arrive with the patient in more of our vehicles.”
The city of Benton also received funding through the Homeland Security Grant fund for a mobile data computer for the fire department and a printer for the police department.
The US Department of Homeland Security funds are used to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels through planning, equipment and activities.
“These projects will strengthen our first responders as they execute the important mission of protecting Kentuckians when natural and man-made disasters strike,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am confident that this allocation of federal dollars has been maximized to help keep citizens safe and secure.”
A total of 125 programs across the state of Kentucky received funding through the grants.