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Milton-Freewater Ambulance Area Health District aims to provide quality, responsive emergency services to the community to keep residents safe, said Cathy Mebes, public relations manager for Milton-Freewater Emergency Medical Services, in a release.

MFEMS and M-F AAHD received critical grants from the Wildhorse and Blue Mountain Community foundations that will aid in those endeavors.

Cathy said the ambulance district contracted with longtime service provider MFEMS.

They’re building their organization and filling in the most obvious needs. EMS staff can use the new communications equipment to contact local dispatch, police and hospitals.

The $10,120 Wildhorse grant fully funded radios and pagers that greatly improve MFEMS’ service effectiveness. The radios are now in compliance. as they meet federal regulations put into effect on Jan. 1.

“The need for new radios is a critical first step of a greater need for improving resources and building the District’s assets,” she said.

The $2,500 grant from BMCF funded much-needed Nine1One Gear Battalion One Duty Coats for all staff. They feature reflective lettering, imperative for all EMS personnel while responding to car accidents, Cathy said. They also ensure protection from blood-borne pathogens and the elements, when EMTs face harsh weather conditions.

The coats protect paramedics who serve a rural pioneer area and respond to many farm accidents. They must fight through trees and brush to get to patients.

“The local community has been tremendously supportive of our efforts to date. We have enjoyed in-kind, financial and moral support throughout the entire development process from both businesses and individuals throughout Milton-Freewater and environs.”

The scrumptious ice cream rides Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club hosts are back on the spring agenda.

Beginning Tuesday, the 6 p.m. rides on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from May through August, will start and end at Wildwood Park, said J. Andrew Rodriguez, club president, in a release.

The ice cream is from Klicker’s, and is served when riders return.

The cycling group offers three levels of rides: family, social and training for riding events.

Wheatland Wheelers promotes cycling safety, education, recreation and fitness.

For more details, contact J. Andrew at 509-520-1838 or jandrew@jandrewconsulting.com.

Provide column items to Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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