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MDT Announces Emergency Medical Services Grant Recipients

February 14, 2014


Janet Kenny, (406) 444-7417
Charity Watt, (406) 444-3439

MDT announces recipients for Emergency Medical Services Grants
Grants help communities fund EMS services to improve traffic safety
HELENA - The Montana Department of Transportation is once again
providing Emergency Medical Services Grants to enhance traffic safety
in Montana.  This year, the department is contributing more than
$1.18 million for emergency medical response related equipment and
training.  Through this program, MDT and communities have invested
more than $5.4 million into improving emergency medical response
resources since the program was enacted by the Montana Legislature in
“Quality emergency services are crucial for vibrant communities,”
Governor Steve Bullock said of the grants. “These grants will allow
our rural communities and local governments to provide better and
faster emergency services to their residents.”

The purpose of the program is to provide grants to mostly volunteer,
Medicare-level billing providers for acquiring or leasing ambulances
or emergency response vehicles and for purchasing equipment for
training, communication or providing medical care.  In Montana,
funding to properly equip trained volunteers falls on communities and
local governments.

The rural nature of Montana makes the delivery of emergency medical
services extremely challenging.  Long distances to trauma centers
coupled with many community response teams relying on trained
volunteers make the challenge even greater.

“Emergency medical response along with education, enforcement and
engineering are the four keys to reaching Vision Zero,” said Mike
Tooley, MDT Director.  “MDT focuses on these four areas to move the
state toward the vision of zero deaths and zero injuries on our

The following communities are receiving grants this year: 
Foundation for Community Care, Sidney ($53,881)
(3) LifePak & equipment 

Grasshopper Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Polaris ($38,706)
Zoll X monitor/defibrillator - Cardiac monitor
Zoll Auto Pulse system- CPR assist	

Central MT Medical Center, Lewistown ($180,000)
Ambulance – Type 1, 4x4
Stryker Power Cot
Stryker Power Load	

Avon QRU ($18,210)
Telecrib Truck Kit
02 ResQ Cpap
Zoll-X R Series Monitor 

Treasure County Ambulance, Hysham ($14,850)
(7) Portable Radios - Motorolla 

Geraldine Community Ambulance ($162,000)
Ambulance  - Type 1, 4wd, 4500 chassis	

Sweetgrass County Ambulance, Big Timber ($35,145)
(3) Panasonic Tough Books
(2) Zoll E Series monitor/ defibrillator
Med Media License
(2) Evacu-splints
PALS Trainer
Infant IV Arm
IO Leg	

Broadwater Health Center – BHC Ambulance, Townsend ($32,972)
Zoll-X series monitor/defibrillator
(2) EZ-IO sets	

Meagher County Ambulance, White Sulphur Springs ($174,517)
Ambulance – Type 1, 4wd, 3500 Chassis
Stryker Power Cot	

Beaverhead EMS, Dillon ($2,250)
Full Body Vacuum Splint 	

Creston Rural Fire District, Kalispell ($3,660)
(2) Zoll AED’s and Equipment	

Garfield Ambulance Service, Jordan ($162,000)
Type 1 Ambulance, 4X4	

Drummond Volunteer Ambulance ($48,366)
Stryker Power Cot
Stryker Stair Chair
(4) hand held radios
DVD Training Set
CPR Training
Stat Manikin	

Marion FD ($162,000)
Type 1 Ambulance – 4X4	

Musselshell County Ambulance, Roundup ($40,725)
(2) Stryker Power Load cot systems	

Greenough Potomac Volunteer Fire Dept., Potomac ($5,310)
(4) Bendix King Radios	

Manhattan Volunteer Fire Dept.	($27,057)
12 Lead Cardiac Monitor/ defibrillator w/ equipment	

York Fire Service Area ($675)
Stokes Basket Stretcher 	

Frenchtown Rural Fire District ($21,700)
Stryker Power Load

The grant program was originally funded for the 2010-2011 state
biennium and extended in subsequent legislative sessions. Currently,
MDT appropriates $1.2 million each year of the biennium from the
highway non-restricted account. Grant recipients are required to
provide a ten percent match for any grant funds received.  For more
information on the grant program, go to