Power cots helping take weight off paramedics

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services unveiled it’s newest piece of equipment Thursday.

It’s called a power cot and will help reduce back strain or injuries when lifting or lowering into and out of the ambulance and provide a safer ride experience for patients.

“The new cots are hydraulic and battery driven,” said Chief Bradley Jones. “That allows the cots and the cantilever load system to load up to 700 pounds for a our paramedics and firefighters.”

Chief Jones said the power cots are pricey. Sidney purchased two for around $85,000, but that cost will be offset thanks to a grant from Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

On Thursday, Jim Wyse from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation presented a $40,000 check to the department.

“These grants have made a significant impact on safety in the workplace. History shows that employers that use safety grants, see a 66% reduction in the amount of injuries in the workplace after implementation,” added Wyse.

The grant process started in 2013 when the Fire Department applied to the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation for a Safety Grant. The purpose of the grant is to purchase ergonomic, safety and industrial equipment to help reduce or eliminate injuries.



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