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EMS receives upgraded equipment

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By Ron Benningfield

 Thanks to a $9,610.96 grant, LaRue County’s emergency medical service will soon be equipped with updated monitors that will give medical personnel faster transmission of vital electrocardiogram data to awaiting hospital personnel.

“Currently, we’re able to run a 12-lead cardiogram, but where we now have to make a copy of it and send it to the hospital through e-mail, we’ll be able to transmit it directly after it’s run via the upgraded equipment,” Mike Cottrell, county EMS director, told members of LaRue County Fiscal Court April 24.

The grant, awarded by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, will pay for Apple Ipads and monitor upgrades for Bluetooth capabilities. Cottrell said he expects the new equipment to be in service within the next month to six weeks.  

He reported EMS made 162 ambulance runs in March.

In other business, the court concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of two-tenths of an acre of land belonging to Randy Price at 4580 Bardstown Road being rezoned from R1A to R1B; .134 acres at 943 Murrieltown Road, Sharon Crewz owner, from A1 to R1A; 1.474 acres, Joseph C. Blair owner, 2065 Campbellsville Road, A1 to R1A; five acres, 14534 South Dixie Highway, owners Josh and Hope Puckett, A1 to R1B.

County Road Supervisor Clyde Veirs said crews installed new entrance tile on Jenkins and Logan Skaggs roads; cleaned ditches on Peak and Edlin roads and cleaned creek rock from a drain on Hancock Loop; and laid dense grade on shoulders on Cissal Hill, Edlin and Kings roads.