Wiscasset is working to replace emergency medical tools

Equipment issues have become “daunting,” Wiscasset Emergency Medical Services Director Erin Bean said Monday. “Supply chain issues, skyrocketing costs and companies buying equipment and can’t continue to manufacture the items needed to fix them, it’s extremely frustrating,” she said. told the Wiscasset newspaper.

Bean’s email responses to questions showed what she faced on multiple fronts, including issues with heart monitors, automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) and the ambulance fleet. Bean said the new ambulance has arrived but the second truck will need to be replaced. And that will take 24 to 36 months, she says. The Wiscasset newspaper contacted Bean after City Manager Dennis Simmons wrote to elected officials about how the city will fund the monitors and Bean posted on the Wiscasset Ambulance Service Facebook page about AEDs.

In his email responses, Bean explained that AEDs are located at schools, the transfer station, public works, city hall, the fire station, the courthouse and the municipal airport. of Wisconsin. Devices speak to people throughout their use; and as a CPR instructor, she can train people to use them, she said. Her January 26 Facebook post said 10 of them needed to be replaced, she was looking for grants and “thought I would reach out to the community for other ideas to replace this vital piece of equipment sooner.”

Then came a Facebook response from Atlantic Motorcar owner Bruce Howes offering to help. Bean told the Wiscasset Newspaper that Howes is an example of what the community needs. She appreciates his willingness to help where he can and his knowledge, she said. “He is always willing to help me think through and find ways to make Wiscasset EMS a top notch service.”

Howes, an advanced emergency medical technician for Central Lincoln County Ambulance and Woolwich EMS, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that he expects his longtime business in Wiscasset to purchase an AED in Wiscasset. Helping EMS is part of his company’s mission. Atlantic Motorcar bought a DEA in Woolwich last year. And Howes hopes other companies will join him in helping Bean’s AED effort. “I believe in EMS. We all need it when we need it,” he said.

Simmons’ Feb. 1 report to selectors called the department’s two heart monitors critical to saving lives. They have issues and will cost $48,568 to replace them, Simmons wrote. The Boothbay Area Ambulance Service lends one, he said. He considered asking the board to tap into contingencies, but two new monitors would take it all, he said. EMS had $16,000 in capital funds; Simmons authorized Bean to enter into a lease-to-own agreement for $10,733 over five years.

Commenting on the BRAS loan, Bean said: “I am grateful that they want to help us in these difficult times. This is a matter that is beyond our control. I’m terribly frustrated with supply chain issues.

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