NH EMS startup to get federal funds for training and equipment

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Ryan Spencer
The Sentinel in Keene, NH

KEENE, NH — As Cheshire County plans to launch its own EMS service, federal funds will help emergency personnel training efforts in the region, according to a press release from the New Hampshire congressional delegation.

The county will receive $200,000 in an effort to improve patient care and public safety, Senses said. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, both D-NH, in the press release Tuesday.

Among other projects, the funds will support the creation of a Cheshire EMS training program that will provide at least 60 hours of training, the statement said. The money will also provide emergency medical response and emergency medical technician training for at least six large company employees, provide initial EMS training for firefighters, and help purchase equipment and supplies, according to the press release.

A spokesperson for Hassan did not immediately respond to emailed questions about the federal funds on Wednesday.

Last fall, Cheshire county officials announced plans to launch an EMS service that would operate as an arm of county government. Around this time, the county offered to purchase Keene-based DiLuzio Ambulance Service. Although that deal has since fallen through, the county has moved forward with plans to establish its own EMS service.

At the end of May, the county opened a base of operations for Cheshire EMS in Swanzey after purchasing the property on the Monadnock Freeway (Route 12) earlier this year. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Cheshire County Commissioners Chairman Jack Wozmak told The Sentinel that Cheshire EMS could be up and running by September. The ambulance service will employ between 30 and 35 people, Wozmak said at the time.

Wozmak did not return an email request for comment on Wednesday. County Administrator Chris Coates also did not return phone and email requests for comment.

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