Ambulance Service Updates

Broadwater Health Center Ambulance Ser-vice is staffed with dedicated paid volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). The EMT’s respond to 911 calls for medical emergencies, for inter-facility transports, are on standby at local sporting events and provide medical support for the Fire Department on structure fire calls. The ambulance service area they cover extends north to the Lewis and Clark County line, east to the Meagher County line, west to the Jefferson County line and south to Wheat Montana Farms.

Recently these EMT’s participated in a train-ing class on rapid assessment, treatment and trans-portation of people involved in traumatic incidents. They also work throughout the year to raise, ask, and apply for funds to expand /upgrade equipment.

On August 18 they received a check for $900 from the Townsend Area Chamber of Commerce for helping with the ATV Run held on June 18, 2016. The EMT’s have designated this money to purchase two IPads, or similar devices, to have in the ambulance. These devices will enable the crew to do the Patient Care Reports (PCRs) in the ambulance while on the call. Devices like these are also compatible with the Zoll cardiac monitor making it possible to download vital signs and EKGs from the Zoll and even transmit them to the hospital while on scene or on route.

The EMT’s also helped the Broadwater Community Foundation (BCF) with their annual Casino Night Fun-Raiser held in April and received over $1600 to use toward equipment. These funds were used to purchase four sets of long backboard straps to replace ones that were old and worn. The bright orange color makes it easier for the crew to find and secure the straps in poor lighting conditions. The funds were also used to purchase two new jump kits. The old jump kits were over 25 years old and no longer satisfied the crews needs because they couldn’t handle the amount of equipment and supplies now needed in the field. The EMT’s thank BCF for their generous support of the Ambulance Service.

Broadwater Health Center Ambulance Service needs dedicated persons to join the ambulance service to care for the sick and injured in Broadwater County. An EMT license is required and an 80+ hour EMT class will be offered in Townsend this Fall/Winter. EMT’s are paid when they respond to a call and the volunteers sign up for times when they would be available to cover 911 calls. Please call April Campbell at 266-3186 Ext. 101 for further information