Citizens and Businesses of the River Valley,
I am reaching out today on behalf of Med-Care Ambulance. We have been extremely busy developing our overall Emergency Response Plan detailing the policies and procedures to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This plan lays out the manner in which we will be able to rapidly increase our capabilities in a tiered manner in order to provide the full spectrum of emergency medical services to the citizens of the River Valley that depend on us. For our ability to address the projected increased demand for ambulances and medical care we are prepared to split our medically licensed crews, allowing us to double the number of staffed ambulances. We will augment our crews with our in house drivers, as well as predesignated members of many of the local fire departments to drive the ambulances. This will allow us to provide the best level of care to the greatest number residents simultaneously. Several concerns have been identified should this virus cause us to reach that response level.
Cardiac Arrest and Respiratory Arrest are the first two that arise. Cardiac Arrest and Respiratory Arrest cases traditionally require more than one provider to manage all the tasks associated during a resuscitation. Maine EMS authorizes automatic ventilators and has recently approved mechanical CPR devices that provide compressions mechanically, which normally takes two licensed providers alternating over a 20 plus minute timeframe. These devices would be like adding up to three crewmembers to the resuscitation team.
Med-Care Ambulance is looking to purchase a combination of these devices in order to equip our three frontline daily staffed ambulances. It is certainly a hefty goal, but a goal that we are committed to achieving, recognizing that the cost for these devices are nearly $16,000.00 per CPR unit and $3,000.00 per Airway unit. We have already successfully received $2,500.00 in grant funding from Walmart, have additional grant applications in the pipeline and have been successful in receiving some donations including $500.00 from Irving Forest and Wood Products along with several smaller donations from our assorted vendors. We are now bringing this out to the public as a full-scale fund raising effort.
We understand that the current pandemic health crisis is causing financial uncertainty globally, but we are still asked daily by many what they can do to help. If this may be the case with any of you, and if you have the means to do so, then we would ask that you to consider donating to this worthwhile project. Donors can simply visit our Med-Care Ambulance site on Facebook and donate through our GoFundMe Account or through traditional means by mailing to or dropping off at:
290 Highland Terrace
Mexico, ME. 04257
Pictures and videos have been uploaded to Facebook if you would like to see these units in action. Asalways please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or if you would like additional information about the equipment or this fund raising project. Please share this with anyone that you thinkmight want to help out our cause.
Dean R. Milligan, Chief
Paul Landry, Deputy Chief
Alberta Broomhall, Asst. Deputy Chief