(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
Nursing student Andy Fletcher and EMT Kristian Nuckles applied for the 75/25 matching grant in October 2003, and received news last month from David Taylor, Arkansas Department of Health director, that they had been selected as a grant recipient. The ambulance service was required to pay the 25 percent of the matching amount, which was $901.
The EMS service has until May 21, 2004 to purchase the items listed in the grant application. They purchased a collapsible stair chair for the ambulance, stretcher, stretcher clamp, rechargeable flashlight, four cuff B/P kit, catchall net on stretcher, plus hand held and mobile radios.
Jodie Brown of Monette serves as the Buffalo Island EMS director. The service is run by trained personnel and volunteers from the community, which include: Nuckles and Fletcher, of Monette; Billy Ray Tilley, EMT of Monette; Casandra Brison, EMT of Paragould; Michael and Kristen Luff Johnson, paramedics of Jonesboro; Earnie Coker, driver of Monette; and Scott Browing of Caraway.
The ambulance service currently uses a 1998 Ford ambulance, which was bought new, but now has 149,000 miles.
Fundraisers for the ambulance service are held in the fall with a harvest dinner and in the spring with the annual auction. Adjoining towns make annual contributions to the service, along with donations of support from area residents.
Photo: Kristian Nuckles and Andy Fletcher were very pleased with the state grant awarded to the Buffalo Island EMS, based in Monette. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)