Government, private funds combine for emergency equipment upgrades

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 140 communities in Alaska are in line for new lifesaving equipment thanks to $6.4 million in government and private grants.

The effort is part of an initiative called ''Code Blue'' that was proposed by health professionals two years ago to help emergency medical squads responding to emergencies in failing ambulances and outdated equipment.

The new equipment will range from splints to new ambulances.

The funds will provide 25 ambulances and 29 emergency response and transport vehicles plus upgrades in communication equipment.

The Rasmuson Foundation is kicking in more than $1.1 million to leverage local, state and federal money for the Code Blue project.

It's the largest grant made in the foundation's history.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is directing $2.7 million for rural projects.

The Denali Commission is adding $1 million for essential infrastructure such as radio repeaters.

The state and local communities are committing more than $500,000 each.

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