Golf Cart Ambulance Pops up at Putnam County Events

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No tax funds were needed to set up a miniature first-response ambulance that could help save lives during events that attract big crowds in Putnam County.

During the Fourth of July celebration in Hennepin, Putnam County EMS began utilizing a used golf cart. PCEMS director Andy Jackson said sometimes it’s difficult to get an ambulance to people in crowds in the park or fairgrounds.

The cart will allow emergency medical technicians to begin providing first aid or other care until the ambulance can be moved to the scene.

Jackson said fundraising events helped to purchase the cart and outfit it with whatever might be needed immediately in case of an emergency at events such as the Marshall-Putnam.

The fair at Henry opened Wednesday and continues through Sunday evening.

On the Fourth of July, Jackson and the cart were carrying medical equipment, first aid equipment and a defibrillator. From the donations, the ambulance service bought a flashing light (that can be plugged into a cigarette lighter-style outlet), and paid Hennepin Boat Store to make the PCEMS signs for the sides.

Source: News Tribune