KenTenn EMS would like to thank Fulton Walmart (#106) for their donation of $1,500 from the local Community Grant fund. The service requested assistance in purchasing training equipment and materials to administer CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid classes.
According to the American Heart Association, "effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander". We feel this is a great need to satisfy as many in our service communities have never been educated in this area or are not up-to-date with current practices.
KenTenn EMS is primarily funded through the voluntary membership program. Receiving funds from Walmart's Community Grant for initial program supplies affords the opportunity to offer training at reduced rates to KenTenn EMS members. We hope these programs will offer an additional incentive to membership to increase participation, while ensuring future funding and sustainability of emergency medical services for the KenTenn area.
Furthermore, we anticipate educational programming will expand the mission of KenTenn EMS beyond prehospital care and ambulance transportation. It will allow us to connect with citizens in their everyday lives, not just during a time of illness. We look forward to serving our communities in this new capacity.
Stay tuned to our social media accounts and website for more details on upcoming educational classes offered by KenTenn EMS. Thank you again to Fulton Walmart for their support to the ambulance service through their membership, EMS week food donations, and now through grant funding that will aid us in strengthening the knowledge of basic life saving measures within our communities.