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Johnston County EMS benefits from new grant

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- You never know when you might have to make that call for help. Good news, the response time to get to you just shortened a bit in Johnston County.

Johnston County EMS Director Kenny Power said they can get up to 130 calls per month in which they have to be ready for at all times.

"It could be all or nothing on one day or it can all happen at one time. Unfortunately, we can't schedule these things that happen for us,” Power said.

Now they'll get help with each of those calls thanks to new motorized carts helping save precious seconds when they matter most.

"We don't have any physical lifting at all, none at all, on the patient that we have on the cot. It lifts the cot, it pulls the wheels up, and we can just push them right into the back of the ambulance with basically one finger,” he said.

This not only helps patients, but also paramedics as they will have less risk of injuries. Power said this will keep them working longer to be able to help with medical calls.

"It pulls them out of circulation, requires a fill in while they're gone, it's just a snowball effect,” Power said. “It's a lot better if I can be safe and I can have those employees at work every day like they need to be."

Power said this is just one example of working smarter instead of harder when seconds count.

"This just shows that Johnston County is, not necessarily a leader, but we're showing that we're capable and we're always hunting for the funds to do this,” he said.

The carts were funded by a $133,000 grant.

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