A $5,000 donation from Entrega Gas Pipeline will help Maybell Ambulance upgrade its newest ambulance.
The volunteer ambulance service recently acquired a new ambulance from The Memorial Hospital. It needs to be painted and will likely be on the road in a couple months, said Emergency Medical Technician Nancy O'Conor.
Two EMTs, Michelle Philips and Tracey Behrman, will soon complete training to upgrade their levels of expertise to EMT Intermediate. Among other things, the new level will enable them to provide better care to cardiac patients. They'll be authorized to administer drugs such as nitroglycerine and use an automatic electric defibrillator.
The donation will be used to purchase the new equipment.
The Maybell Ambulance provides emergency services to about two-thirds of Moffat County. Entrega, which is building a natural gas pipeline that will cross Moffat County just east of Maybell, is counting on the service for coverage during construction.
"We are grateful for the services Maybell Ambulance provides," Entrega spokesman Denny Needham said.
"We will depend on them to provide first response medical service on our pipeline route and we want to make sure we give them the support they need and let them know we care about them," he said.
The ambulance service operates on a small budget from Moffat County.
"The people in Maybell and surrounding communities know we are there when they call anytime day or night," O'Conor said. "We do the best with what we have and we are grateful for what we have and receive."
Needham said Entrega plans to meet with the Moffat County Emergency Management Office on Wednesday to start lining out emergency response details. He wants to get GPS coordinates for where pipeline crews will be working and identify helicopter landing sites.
Entrega has proposed beginning construction this summer.
In addition to emergency response services, Maybell Ambulance teaches bike safety, 911 guidance and first aid tips at school and trains the community in CPR and other specialized training.
Along with the donation to the ambulance service, Entrega has committed to installing a gas tap near Maybell. Most people who live around the community use propane to heat their homes. But if the community can find a gas distributor, residents will be able to tap into the new pipeline.
Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.