Sandusky County EMS (OH) Gets Grant for Equipment

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer presented a $40,000 Safety Intervention Grant to Sandusky County EMS Director Jeff Jackson to purchase cardiac support pumps.

This system has a band that squeezes a wide area of the chest, spreading out the force of compressions and maximizing blood flow. It will also reduce the risk of injuries to first responders associated with doing CPR during loading and unloading, as well as reducing exposure to injuries that can occur when personnel are required to stand unrestrained while the ambulance is in motion.

Jackson and his staff conducted a mock demonstration of the pumps, as well as cot lifters that were purchased with the Billion Back rebate the county received from BWC last summer. The cots also reduce the risk of injuries to employees by mechanically lifting and lowering patients into and out of ambulances.

Sandusky County EMS is a county government operated system not affiliated with the fire service. The system has four ambulances across 390 square miles of Sandusky County that handle all emergencies for the population of about 59,000.

EMS currently rotates rescuers who manually perform CPR at a rate of 100 compressions per minute on the scene and throughout transport. This activity includes manually compressing the chest in a kneeling position, or a twisted walking position while rescuers are carrying a patient on a backboard. Once in the ambulance, rescuers must stand up unrestrained and compress while in route to the hospital.

Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program and view the stories of previous grant recipients at or BWC’s YouTube channel. The grants are only one of many safety-focused services provided by BWC. To learn more about training, on-site consulting and other programs included as part of company’s workers’ compensation premiums, visit the Safety section of

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