FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The Fairview Fire District is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley in the amount of $2000.00. These funds will be used to purchase “Bariatric Wings” for the ambulance stretcher. This equipment will allow Fairview Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel to safely transport obese patients to the hospital without having to wait for an ambulance to come from other areas.
Obesity is a growing condition throughout the United States; the Fairview Fire District is not exempt. The equipment that is being purchased with grant funds will be fitted to an existing ambulance stretcher allowing for a safer and more comfortable transport to the hospital. This valuable addition will improve patient care, as well as have a positive effect on staff safety.
The Fairview Fire District would like to thank the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley for the grant monies and for continuing to realize the importance of emergency services in Dutchess County.