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WPS Makes First Responder Grants Across Northwoods

Wisconsin Public Service-We Energies

Wisconsin Public Service is continuing to provide safety grants to area first responders.

Monday, WPS surprised Oneida County EMS with nearly $2,000 for new pediatric patient transport equipment.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile said the department uses traditional car seats to transport infant patients for medical care. The seats do not provide emergency medical technicians easy assess or treat patients. Last year, Oneida County EMS handled nearly 200 requests to transport infant patients to medical facilities. The $2,000 grant will allow Oneida County EMS to purchase 6 pediatric patient transport safety restraints, one for each ambulance.

Van Zile says the WPS Foundation awarded $50,000 to first response agencies through their service area. She says other area agencies will get grants... 

"...We had about 70 applicants throughout northeastern Wisconsin...we were fortunate enough to award 27 agencies with up to a $2,000 grant. Some of the other grant recipients include the Cassian and Sugar Camp fire departments, Vilas County SWAT team and Woodruff Fire Department..."

The Antigo Police Deparment received $1,200 and the Town of Antigo received nearly $2,000 for traffic safety and rescue equipment.

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