New Cots for Bella Vista Fire Department

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The Bella Vista Fire Department was awarded a grant to buy power operated cots and loaders for its ambulances.

The grant from FEMA will cover 90 percent of the cost, leaving just 10-percent to the city. The grant is for $229,400. The city will pay $20,855 for the additions.

The cots can lift up to 750 pounds, which is 200 pounds more than some of manual cots used today. They will also raise themselves from the ground, which will help prevent back strain for the medical teams. FEMA says the cots will also be safer and more comfortable for the patients.

Fire Chief Steve Sims says they hope to have all six ambulances equipped by the end of December. Captain Gairy Osbourn says Bella Vista Fire Department will be one of the first in the region to use the new cots. He also says the technology is ahead of the curve, and it will be in place in Bella Vista long before it is required.

The city of Bella Vista is set to accept the grant Monday, August 22 at its regular meeting.

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