Cetronia Ambulance Corps received a $300,000 state grant for lifesaving equipment for its advanced life support ambulances.
The grant, secured by Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, will be used to purchase Zoll X Series Advanced Monitor/Defibrillator units which are part of the first-in standard procedure on every call allowing Cetronia professionals to assess each patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation level, Cetronia said.
The units also have an ECG monitor and act as a defibrillator in lethal heart arrhythmia scenarios and transmit 12-lead ECGs directly to the emergency room physicians to allow for expedited cardiac care once the patient arrives.
“I am proud to secure these funds for Cetronia Ambulance Corps so that they can continue to provide an outstanding level of service to the residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas,” Browne said. “As public officials, it is perhaps our greatest responsibility to ensure that our citizens and communities have the tools necessary to ensure safety and provide the highest quality of public health.”
Cetronia said the Zoll X Series units will also be used at special events, such as senior expos and corporate job health fairs.
“Senator Pat Browne has been a strong supporter of Cetronia Ambulance Corps and emergency medical services throughout the region,” said Robert F. Mateff Sr., CEO of Cetronia Ambulance Corps. “His support comes at a critical time where emergency services budgets have struggled to accommodate growing demand. We appreciate his assistance in securing this grant, which will provide the funds needed to continue to outfit our ambulances with this life-saving equipment.”
In 2021, Cetronia Ambulance Corps responded to 26,273 emergency and non-emergency calls.