Grant funds equipment purchases for suburban Philadelphia emergency response organizations

    An Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Department of Homeland Security will give the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken $216,000 to install a vehicle exhaust extraction system and purchase new cardiac heart monitors.

    The organization got word late last month that they’ve been given the grant, which helps fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical services teams meet their needs.

    According to stats from the Volunteer Medical Service Corps in Ardmore, the organization responds to about 7,000 emergency calls a year, pumping diesel exhaust into the air. The new system can remove potentially harmful emissions while the heart monitors are meant to improve pre-hospital care.

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