Fire/EMS Wish List

November 2020 Wish List

**All of this equipment has been carefully selected and already picked out by the EMS and Fire Chiefs based on the needs of the Blanco County ESD No. 2. If you are interested in sponsoring a specific piece of equipment or want to contribute specifically to obtaining something on the list please email us at blancofireems@gmail.com and we will get you an amount. Thank you.

Swiftwater Gear/Equipment  
Gear and equipment includes dry suits, pfd vest, rescue helmets and rope.

Extrication Suits
Suits are fore EMS personnel assisting with extrication at traffic accidents or rescues

Hazmat Supplies
Leak plugging supplies and containment for hazardous spills and releases

Scene Lighting 
Portable scene lighting for working at accidents or during rescues

Rescue Harnesses
Harnesses for recues for high angle and below grade

Rescue Kit
The kit includes everything need to execute a confined space rescue

Flir
Handheld thermal imaging camera that allows for us to find missing persons at night

AED
One additional AED for the command unit

Air Bag Set
The set contains everything needed for an air bag rescue set for extrications 

Camera
Scene camera for collecting pictures at incidents for report purposes

SCBA Mask
Additional air pack mask for our full time employees

Bunker Boots
Additional bunker boots for our full time employees

Wildland Boots
Additional wildland boots for our full time employees    

Workout Equipment
Additional workout equipment for our fitness room

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!