Russell County EMS awarded grant for education and training

Russell County EMS is among seven recipients statewide for a grant from the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.

The funds aim to support local education and training efforts focused on automated external defibrillators (AEDs), CPR and other advanced life-saving skills.

In total, grant funds across the seven organizations total more than $100,000.

Other recipients were: Barbourville ARH Hospital, Mercy Health-Marcum and Wallace Hospital, Carroll County EMS, Franklin-Simpson County Ambulance Service, Pendleton County Ambulance Taxing District, and Woodford County EMS.

The funds were distributed through KORH’s Committed to the Community project, part of the larger Committed to the Heart Initiative which seeks to improve out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates among residents of the rural counties served by the state’s 28 designated critical access hospitals. Critical access hospitals and EMS services in their service region were invited to apply for funds to carry out projects that would fit with the goals of the Committed to the Heart Initiative.

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