During the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, there were 10 hurricanes and 19 tropical depressions with 199 direct fatalities and 155 indirect fatalities. That same calendar year, there were 932 tornadoes in the United States with 69 fatalities. Unfortunately, there is nothing First Line Technology can do to prevent these disasters.
But the Virginia-based company is doing all it can to keep those disaster-related fatalities to a minimum. This year – the company’s 10th – First Line Technology is going to be giving one deserving organization an AmbuBus® Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit™ worth up to $35,000 to help build an exemplary disaster preparedness and response plan – one that will save the most people in case of disaster or mass casualty incident.
And the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department from Fayette, OH is one of the finalists.
“Our local first responders – and the first responders around the country – are veritable heroes. But they need supplies to help them do the best work – and save the most lives – possible,” said First Line Technology President Amit Kapoor. “First Line Technology wants to help those heroes by giving one lucky and deserving organization a free AmbuBus Kit.”
For two months this summer, First Line Technology received 138 nominations for fire departments, ambulance and services, offices of emergency management, and other first responder organizations from all over the United States. After careful concern and some difficult choices, the finalists were chosen: Bellarmine (University) Emergency Response Team, City of Nashua (NH) Office of Emergency Management, City of West (TX) EMS, Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group (CHUG), Estes Park (CO) Medical Center, Finger Lakes (NY) Ambulance EMS, Galveston County (TX) Office of Emergency Management, Gorham-Fayette (OH) Fire Department, Knox County (IL) Health Department, Lincoln County (MO) Health Department, Lyon County (KY) Ambulance Service, Mahoning Valley (PA) Ambulance, Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (Bowling Green, KY), Pembina (ND) Ambulance Service, Red Rock Search and Rescue (Las Vegas, NV), Sloatsburg (NY) Volunteer Community Ambulance Corps, Spirit Lake Tribe (ND) Range Fire Management.
From now until Sept. 20, the general public will vote on the finalists that were chosen based on each nominee’s unique story and the way they answered one big question about the AmbuBus: How will you use it?
The winner will be announced Oct. 1, 2013.
To vote for your favorite hometown hero, visit www.AmbuBusGiveaway.com. For more information, please contact First Line Technology or visit www.firstlinetech.com/ambubus-giveaway.
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