First Branch Ambulance Service is a 501c (3) Non-Profit Organization, providing exceptional pre-hospital emergency care for the residents of Chelsea, Tunbridge, & Washington, VT. For 33 years First Branch Ambulance has made it their mission to keep the costs to the tax payers as low as possible, and once again for 2018, First Branch Ambulance will have one of the lowest per-capita rates in the entire state. Currently First Branch has an active roster of 24 Vermont Licensed providers comprised of Critical Care Paramedics, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Emergency Medical Responders. Every volunteer on our roster goes through rigorous training and continuing education to ensure First Branch Ambulance provides the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care.
Unfortunately, having educated and committed volunteers is only half of the battle. Rising medical equipment costs can be astronomical and out of reach for most non-profit volunteer services. Without your help, our relentless efforts to maintain such an outstanding level of care would fail in comparison.
All donations large and small are vital to First Branch Ambulance in keeping up with the latest technology and diagnostic equipment. Although you may never anticipate needing these services, the eality is just about everyone encounters some type of medical emergency at some point, and First Branch Ambulance is striving to be the utmost prepared to handle yours.
Here are a few things we're trying to raise funds for...
Help Us start raising Funds for the replacement of our 2012 Ambulance our oldest ambulance. The expected life of a dependable ambulance is about 8 years as we are coming up on that we begin raising money. A new Ambulance cost $150,000-$200,000 to replace for the replacement of this truck we would like to downsize this truck to the same size of our newest truck as a clone truck. With the bigger size chassis comes more expenses to maintain the truck and the smaller truck is easier to navigate and safer for our EMS providers and Patients.
The industry-leading Stryker Power Load dramatically reduces strenuous lifting and the associated risk of back injury. EMTs experience frequent spinal Injury's loading due to repetitive motions such as lifting, lowering, carrying, and bending. Use of the Power Load has proven to reduce spinal Injury's loading, resulting in reduced injuries all together .
Nitrous Oxide a new tool in VT EMS. This medication helps us provide pain relief to Patients when we do not have a Paramedic on duty. This is also a nonopioid Medication unlike Other strong Medications that EMS can give for Pain Control. One of these units cost roughly $5000.