Kicking off EMS Week
The Altona, Oneida and Wataga Ambulance service held their annual open house Saturday afternoon.

This year's open house was a little different than those in the past, because it doubled as a fundraiser.

Director of the Altona, Oneida and Wataga Ambulance Service Sally Keener tells WGIL they're hoping to raise enough money to buy power cots.

"Right now the cots that we have both ambulances are manual, so that means that whoever's on call is responsible for pulling the cot out and getting the patient on the cot and getting it back into the ambulance. If you've got, lets say two woman on a call it's kinda tough if you've got a bigger patient. With the power cots you take away the requirement of lifting, it does the lifting for you."

Keener says the cots cost around $12,000 apiece.

She says they're looking for raise enough money to buy two cots, one for each ambulance.

The event had a silent auction as well as goodwill donations.
05 18 13 by Newsroom
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