Basin Electric helps Groton rescue squad purchase power cot

The fire/rescue district covers approximately 280 square miles and services 894 housing units and 2,050 people.
Groton Fire and Rescue

Kelly Schafer, Basin Electric distributed generation safety coordinator; Tom Tietz, Groton fire chief; Andrew Buntrock, Basin Electric director of strategic planning and communications; Char Hager, Northern Electric general manager; Ben Peterson, Northern Electric; Joe Nelson, Basin Electric supervisor of operations maintenance - Groton; Patti Woods, Groton Rescue training instructor; Wendy Monson, Groton EMT; Charity Hinman, Groton EMT; John Wheeting, Groton Fire District board member; and Nancy Larsen, Groton EMT.

Basin Electric donated $15,554.86 to Groton Area Fire & Protection and Rescue District on Jan. 27. The check was presented at the Groton Fire Hall and covers the entire cost of a new Power Pro Cot for their ambulance. The fire/rescue district covers approximately 280 square miles and services 894 housing units and 2,050 people.

The Groton Area Fire & Protection and Rescue District is not a transporting unit. Instead, they work with the Aberdeen Fire & Rescue to transport patients to an Aberdeen hospital. Since the new power cot is the same cot used by Aberdeen crews, it will make an easy transition and ensure patients are safely made ready for transport and avoid further chance for injury.

“Being a volunteer crew, Groton rescue may have times where they are limited on help,” said Patti Woods, Groton Area Fire & Protection and Rescue District training officer. “Having a Power Pro Cot will reduce the chance of injuries, including back injuries which are a common problem due to lifting and moving patients.”

The enhancements of having a new power cot will help to relieve patient fear and anxiety. It will have a wider base for more stability, and the stretcher will have a wider mattress for enhanced comfort. The hydraulic lift system raises and lowers the stretcher in a gentle, predictable speed, thus eliminating the jerk motion associated with manual lift cots. Also, the new ergonomic handles and wider base reduce injury risks for volunteers.

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