The county’s ambulance service may be getting some funds soon to keep its fleet of vehicles in tip top shape. Shane Johnson, who serves as director of the Logan County Ambulance Service, is applying for a grant through the through the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) for the 2014-2015 year which could generate as much as $21,000 or more.
Johnson attended Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting to discuss applying for a state grant and to ask magistrates if they were conducive to the move. Johnson said the state is requiring counties to apply for two years of funding at one time, but because other counties are applying as well the funds could be less or more depending on the competition.
Magistrates were impressed with Johnson’s efforts and even thanked him for his interest in applying for the grant.
Johnson feels the grant monies, if awarded would be best used on the county’s fleet of trucks rather than equipment.
“On the application they ask what trucks we will be using the funds on. That is a difficult question to answer at this time,” said Johnson. “Most likely the money will be used on the oldest of the fleet.” Johnson noted that equipment was not an issue due to Com-Care, Inc. providing what was needed. Com-Care is the company that contracts with the county to handle the management of the service.
On a separate note, Johnson, who also serves on the Healthcare Emergency Area 4 Response Team for the Barren River region, also wishes to apply for some money to held the county purchase a new cooler to be used in its morgue. Johnson told the court he wasn’t sure how much he could get, but felt confident he could get something to go towards the $7,100 price of a new cooler.
The county already has a three drawer cooler, once which is on loan through Scott County, however, the ventilation is not working well.