WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service will present First Selectman Jim Marpe and the Town of Westport with the keys to two new state-of-the-art ambulances at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Town Hall.
The emergency response vehicles, purchased by the medical service are valued at more than $200,000 each, and replace two older ambulances, which will be retired from service.
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, started in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that serves the emergency response needs of the community. It fulfills its mission with 100 dedicated, trained volunteers who, along with professional town personnel, staff Westport EMS ambulances and respond to 911 emergency medical calls.
Donations from residents and local businesses are used for the a variety of functions performed by the ambulance service. From recruiting and training members in life-saving techniques to purchasing ambulances, paramedic SUVs, and all of the necessary equipment and medical supplies contained on the vehicles, Westport Volunteer EMS strives to assure Westport residents receive the best in pre-hospital emergency medical care.
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service also maintains an explorer post for high school students and offers public education by providing CPR classes, emergency medical technician and emergency medical responder courses.
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