SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Over the summer, the Scottsboro Fire Department received a grant from FEMA for $164,000. This grant helped secure four different pieces of equipment.
"It allowed us to improve our advanced EMS supplies and our equipment on that level," says fire Chief Gene Necklaus.
They received 3 cardiac monitors, 3 chest compression devices, an io drill, and a video laryngoscope, giving them a more up to date collection of technology to help provide better services.
"This really stepped our EMS capability, from an equipment side, stepped it up to match some of the skills that some of our people could perform."
Chief Gene Necklaus says updated equipment like this would not be possible without the grants they receive. When different pieces of their equipment need replacement, they rely on this money.
"We had a couple of old monitors that were 10 and 12 years old, so we were reaching a point where they were obsolete, so we were going to have to replace them," says Chief Necklaus. "So this grant was really a life saver on that side of it. And at the same time, it'll improve the service and the equipment that we can provide to our citizens."
The Scottsboro Fire staff will be training for the next three days on some of this new equipment.