State EMS board approves grants totaling more than $3 million

(FOX19) - The Division of EMS and the State EMS Board recently approved annual grants to several EMS and fire agencies around the state totaling $3, 071,818.

The purpose of the Ohio EMS grant program is to improve and enhance EMS and trauma patient care in the State of Ohio by providing grant funds to eligible applicants.

There are six types of grants available from the Ohio Division of EMS. Each type of grant has its own application. The EMS grant award year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30.

The amount awarded for each category is determined by the Ohio EMS Board and by the amount of funds available from seat belt fines collected during the award year.

Grant awardees and the priorities of the awards:

Priority 1 (equipment and training): $2,521,750 awarded to 715 agencies. Grants ranged from $1,500 to $15,000.  All five of the agencies that received the maximum of $15,000 were volunteer departments:  Beallsville EMS; Hamersville Fire Department; Lafferty Volunteer Fire Department; Oakwood Fire; Spencerville Ambulance Service. EMS received 723 grant applications; 715 were funded.

Priority 2 (trauma research):  $55,691 awarded to two applicants, OSU for geriatric-related research; OSU for research on air medical service in rural Ohio.

Priority 3 (injury prevention): $131,000 to two applicants, Cincinnati Children's Hospital ($46,525) to prepare primary care physicians to manage concussions; and Nationwide Children's Hospital ($84,475) to evaluate the effect of Ohio's graduate driver licensing law on vehicle crashes.

Priority 4 (trauma research):  $144,369 to two applicants:  Kent State University ($81,445) for research on traumatic injury patients and their families; and Cincinnati Children's ($62,924) to research aerobic training for management of post-concussion syndrome in children.

Priority 5 (EMS Board research grant): $175,089 to two applicants, The University of Cincinnati ($106,623) for research on nasal Naloxone for narcotic overdose; and Summa Health System ($69,466) for research on characterization of Ohio EMS and dispatch systems.

Priority 6 (assistance to paramedic training programs for National Accreditation):  $42,919 for 13 training programs.