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Fire Rescue Department Awarded $71,132 in Grants

The Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $37,332 from Palm Beach County Emergency Management (PBCEM). The grant will be utilized to replace and/or update three battery-powered stretchers which have been in service for the past seven years. The new state-of-the-art power stretchers will feature a more robust battery system and additional safety features for patients.

In addition, the Fire Rescue Department received an grant in the amount of $33,800 from the Florida Department of Transportation to enhance the department’s EMS data collection ability. The funding will be utilized to purchase electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) software and hardware as well as establish an electronic-based EMS data collection system that will provide consistent submission of EMS incident related data to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight Pre-Hospital System (EMSTARS-CDX) for state compliance to the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS). The ePCR system will streamline the documentation process for paramedics in the field and eliminate redundancy by enhancing the ability to easily and rapidly extract patient data while establishing an electronic-based EMS data collection system that will ensure a more accurate and efficient EMS billing process.