MOUNT VERNON — City and county ambulances can now transport small children more easily and safely, thanks to the generosity of the local Kiwanis Club.
The eighteen ambulances in the eight local departments are now equipped with Pediatric Transport Devices, including the city of Mount Vernon’s three units.
“We now have the ability to transport small children while also performing intervention services,” Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace explained. “We could put a child in the captain’s chair, but that puts the mother up front and she’s not there to soothe the child. A lot of times we wind up placing the child on Mom’s lap.”
The transport device allows the EMS crew to use a regular adult gurney to safely transport a child that weighs less than 40 pounds. Over that, a child is large enough to be safely strapped to the cot.
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