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$90K FEMA grant to help SouthBridge EMS

| Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, 2:42 p.m.

SouthBridge EMS will be able to replace four heart monitors, thanks to a federal grant worth $90,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant includes a $9,000 contribution that SouthBridge EMS must make. SouthBridge operations manager Dan Miller said the organization's bid proposal for the full amount was approved.

“It was a welcome surprise,” Miller said.

He said SouthBridge EMS officials have two bids they are reviewing for the monitors.

The organization has seven monitors that are used in the ambulances and a response vehicle.

“They are functional, but the company advised us that they will no longer service them,” Miller said.

The organization is working on replacing the other three monitors, he said.

SouthBridge EMS is a private, nonprofit organization that has a membership drive and donation drive. Money from the membership drive is used for patient services. The donation drive is geared toward capital equipment such as the monitors, Miller said.

Most of the SouthBridge staff is paid. The organization is the designated EMS provider for Bridgeville, Cecil and South Fayette. SouthBridge responds to an average of 4,600 requests for service a year, according to its website.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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