Federal funding has come through to pay for chest compression machines, heart monitors and defibrillators for the East Sparta Tri-Division EMS, according to an announcement Fridat by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of $100,953, Brown's office said in a statement. The money comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.
Paramedic Arnold Adams, chief of the separate East Sparta Fire Department and husband of the Tri-Division EMS' chief Darla Adams, said the money will cover the cost of two new chest compression machines, two heart monitors and two defibrillators for the unit's two ambulances.
"I think it's great because our heart monitors are no longer serviceable, which means once they break they won't service them anymore," Adams said. "It would have been a big hit to our (levy) budget."
Adams said he hopes that Tri-Division can order the equipment within the next month.
He said Tri-Division has about 15 part-time paramedics that serve East Sparta, Pike Township and about half of Sandy Township in Tuscarawas County.
Tri-Division has a levy that generates about $437,100 a year that's set to expire this year unless renewed.