Northwest Health will be showcasing its new EMS stations and ambulances in Gentry and Gravette.
The showcase will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18-19.
In conjunction with February as American Heart Month, attendees will be able to learn hands-only CPR at each event, testing their skills on mannequins.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies also will be held with members of the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, Gentry Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce participating.
On Feb. 18 in Gentry, since the EMS is stationed at the existing Fire Station at 521 W. Third St., the ribbon-cutting will take place on one of the new ambulances now located there. In Gravette, since the EMS station itself is new, the ribbon-cutting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the building itself, located at 203 Main St. NE, in downtown Gravette.
Northwest Health EMS began providing 9-1-1 emergency services for the west side of Benton County on Jan. 1, following an agreement finalized in the fall between Benton County and the cities of Gentry and Decatur. The agreement placed three Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances in the west side of Benton County while saving Benton County residents more than $195,000.
The new contract encompasses EMS services for the fire districts in Sulphur Springs, Gravette, Maysville, Decatur, Gentry and Gallatin, including the cities of Gentry and Decatur. The city of Gravette will continue to provide EMS services within the city limits of Gravette and Sulphur Springs.