Fire/EMS Wish List

Ballistic Vests

Blanco Fire & EMS Auxiliary has applied for a grant with Blanco Non-Profit Coalition thru their Giving Goddesses event scheduled for September 10, 2020.  This grant is for funding ballistic vests for emergency personnel with Blanco Fire & EMS.  Even in a small town such as Blanco, ballistic protection is vital for EMS/Fire personnel. They are frequently dispatched to high-risk situations which change rapidly and are frequently the only unit on the scene of a violent situation due to misinformation or lack of information from 911 callers.

Protecting our emergency personnel is of the utmost importance in any community but especially to us, the Blanco community.  Our emergency personnel respond to many volatile situations daily – including assaults, mental health problems, overdoses, etc.  The ballistic vests would considerably enhance their level of safety in the field.  Additionally, protection provided by these vests is a critical component in the first responders’ ability to respond to an active shooter incident.  The Auxiliary wants to purchase eight (8) or more vests at $1,000-$1,200 per vest. The vests are exceptionally durable and adjustable, take seconds to don and doff, and provide the best combination of protection, adaptability, and function. 

This would provide our emergency personnel with the protection they need to continue to serve the Blanco community.

Stryker Stair-PRO

The Blanco County Emergency Services District No. 2 has undertaken a risk reduction project to keep the emergency personnel healthy and reduce the chances of job-related injury. Patient handling in stairways and other tight spaces may be some of the most dangerous patient-care situations that emergency responders face.

These situations come with a real potential for back injury. Strain on the back from lifting and lowering patients down stairs can add up over time. Reviewing loss/injury records reveals that many times injuries or episodes of pain are the result of bringing overweight or obese patients up or down stairs and repeatedly moving patients, even those who are not overweight, over stairs. With 1 in 4 EMS workers suffering a career-ending back injury within the first four years of employment in the US alone, we are seeking options that help reduce this risk. The old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and the ounce in this case is a stair chair. The implementation of the Stryker Stair-PRO stair chair could reduce the risk of injury to medics, firefighters and patients during stairway transport.

Through a generous GVTC grant, we received funds to purchase one stair chair ($3,643.95 value as of 1/27/20) but need one for each ambulance. Therefore, we are seeking funding for two (2) additional stair chairs ($7,287.90) so that we can put the power to help reduce the risk back in our hands! If you are aware of any funding sources for this project, please contact the Blanco Co Fire & EMS Auxiliary by email at blancofireems@gmail.com. Thank you!