acquires new rescue squad
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Hawkins and John Lewis, EMT, stand beside their "pride
and joy" a new ambulance recently purchased by Milan
Rescue 30. The group worked together and with Hawkins grantwriting
were able to make the purchase possible. They are grateful
to the Town of Milan, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation,
and Ripley County Community Foundation for their help. At
left shows the sign that is prominently displayed on the
If you need quick medical assistance in the 65 square mile radius
covered by Milan Rescue 30 - youre assured of first class
The employees and volunteers have been working hard to make sure
they can meet the needs of the Milan community. On January 9 the
rescue organization went to a full time paid staff Monday through
Friday. The rest of the shifts will still be covered by volunteers.
Well see how it goes, Birgit Hawkins, EMT and
secretary for the board of directors told The Versailles Republican.
Hawkins would like to see a paid staff on the weekends too, but
they have to watch their funding.
Hawkins, who has been with the squad since 2003, has taken on
another role, writing grants.
She saw the need and said she was told it was an easy process.
Not easy, but worth it, she laughed as she thumbed
through a thick stack of papers. Hawkins is originally from Germany
and although she had to overcome some language barriers to write
the grants, was successful with some.
Recently Hawkins efforts paid off as the squad was able
to purchase a much needed new transport vehicle.
Two EMTs, Jon Nichols and Chris Hayes, along with two drivers
from the squad, Tucker Louden and Ben Langferman, formed a committee
to research buying a unit. The men spent several volunteer hours
making sure the unit they purchased would fulfill their needs,
and be the best buy for their money.
Rescue 30 was able to purchase a 2009 demo vehicle for $135,122.00
The diesel ambulance was purchased from Fire Service Inc. from
St. John, Indiana. Hawkins said it had some extras
such as automatic fire chains with an air kit, a power cot that
will prevent injuries to staff, a 1000 watt inverter/charger and
more. The unit is taller, has more storage, central air/heat,
and all around is a more efficient vehicle.
With the help of an $8,000 grant from the Rising Sun Regional
Foundation and $30,000 from the Town of Milan, and some savvy
saving and shopping, the group was able to make the purchase free
and clear. No payments, said Hawkins.
The Ripley County Community Foundation gave a $2500 grant that
was used to purchase a much needed Stryker stair chair. This allows
someone to be taken down a flight of stairs much more efficiently
than the old one that was in use.
We appreciate these grants so very much, Hawkins said.
She said her grantwriting effort is all worth it when the checks
come in and they can get things they need to assist the community
with emergency medical needs.
She noted that the old unit, a 1995 E-one truck that was traded
in on the new vehicle, had several miles on it, and was costing
the group repairs that amounted to about $4600 a month. That
was no good, she noted. Besides never knowing if the unit
would break down, it was costing them way too much money.
Rescue 30 has a staff of volunteers who cover basketball sectionals
and football games for Milan schools. They also have a cadet program
that allows students in high school to see if the rescue field
would be a career they might consider. They give scholarships
to graduating cadets who choose to go in the medical field.
Alex Hooker was 17-years old when he began with the cadet program
and is now in school to become a paramedic. His parents, Richard
and Gretchen Hooker, are also involved in the local rescue squad.
He said the cadet program was very beneficial to him.
The top three priorities outlined in a grant application from
the squad are to:
Provide the best emergency services, patient care to the
residents of the service area;
Maintain up-to-date equipment that meets all safety standards;
Ensure that volunteers and staff are well trained and educated
As Ripley County grows, so does the need for medical rescue services.
Not only does Rescue 30 serve its designated area, they also take
mutual runs to other parts of the county when needed, and even
go into Dearborn County.
They strive to provide the community with dependable and safe
transportation. We thank the people who help us make this
possible, Hawkins concluded.