Bill Proposes Federal Grants for Rural EMS Agencies

The Sustaining Access to Vital Emergency Medical Services Act of 2001 (S 587), introduced in Congress in March by Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Craig Thomas (R-WY), would make $50 million in federal grants available for the years 2002 through 2007 to rural emergency medical services providers and rescue squads for training, hiring personnel, purchasing vehicles and equipment, and educating the public in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid techniques. EMS squads would have to match five percent of the grant.The bill is supported by the Association of State Directors, the National Rural Health Association, and the American Ambulance ...

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