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Beaumont recently donated $24,000 to the Taylor Fire Department to be used for three new heart monitors, which will be placed in the TFD's ambulances. Beaumont Taylor President Lee Ann Odom and Chief Nursing Officer Kristine Donahue were on hand July 18 to present the check to Fire Chief Stephen Portis.
Taylor Fire is in the process of restarting its City-run emergency transport program. While the fire department had been ALS certified and responsive to emergency medical needs, transport had been handled, for the most part, by HealthLink (which has turned into Beaumont). Mayor Rick Sollars and Chief Portis recently announced plans to reinstate city-run transport, and is in the process of outfitting two new ambulances (and a third one will be restored) and hiring a limited number of staffers. The program was originally targeted for an August 1 roll out, but likely will start in mid-August or September.
According to Chief Portis, the new equipment is state-of-the-art and is able to monitor patients on scene and in the ambulance, and will relay the diagnostics directly to the hospital. The new monitors will be located in the three ambulances (one at each station in the City) while the older heart monitors that the TFD already has will be put in other vehicles in the fire fleet. "We're very lucky to have a hospital in our City that really cares about resident and emergency responders," Chief Portis said.
"These monitors will be a tremendous help to our emergency response force," Mayor Sollars said. "We really appreciate the efforts of Lee Ann, Kristine and the rest of our partners at Beaumont."