by Steve Peterson
The Hawarden Volunteer Ambulance Association displayed several recently purchased pieces of ambulance equipment as it hosted its 28th Annual Chicken Supper Fundraiser on April 19.
Officials said about 270 people attended the supper at Hawarden Community Center on April 19 to support Hawarden Ambulance Association members. This is above average. It was catered by Pro Sport Bistro of Hawarden.
“We will use the funds to purchase additional equipment,” said Hawarden Ambulance Director Matt Anderson.
A new Stryker “power cot” system is one of the new pieces of equipment the Hawarden Ambulance Association members have been using for about two months.
Anderson explained the system is much safer for patients and ambulance crew members who may be shorter. The “power cot” is easier for the patients during transport with the only mechanical lifts being done at just before placing a person in the ambulance.
Another piece of equipment is Defibrillator Cardiac Monitor as well as a blood pressure cuff and oxygen systems unit. That means instead of multiple pieces of equipment, a crew member can carry just one.
Anderson also explained a new laptop computer helps the members write their reports on a computer and does away with required paperwork which is happening more and more.
The ambulance volunteer staff has 25 members with four new drivers in the last couple of months. They responded to 347 calls for medical service in the past year.
The association’s vehicles are a 2005 and a 1995.
“We transfer about half to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls and half to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City,” said Anderson.
Tours for Students
Hawarden Ambulance Association members will give tours of their equipment to West Sioux elementary students on May 8 and 9.