Citrus County Fire Rescue Purchases Lifesaving Equipment with Grant Funds
L-R, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Patrick Gaule, Captain/EMT Brian Sanders,
Lieutenant/Paramedic Jon Ehnis, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Kevin Scott
In November 2020, Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) was awarded an Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
County Grant in the amount of $12,399.00 from the Florida Department of Health’s EMS Trust Fund.
The purpose of this grant is to improve and expand pre-hospital EMS.
The grant money was recently used to purchase several Airtraq™ cameras and laryngoscopes in various
sizes, to facilitate intubation processes and improve visibility during critical intubation
procedures. The Airtraq™ Laryngoscope is the only disposable video laryngoscope system that can be
used either with a non-electronic eye cup or secondary video monitor. This is important in the
emergency field setting as electronics can sometimes fail, leaving CCFR personnel with a secondary
option of using the non- electronic eye cup. In addition, this is the only disposable system that
also uses a "guided channel" to pass the endotracheal tube through the vocal cords and into the
glottic opening, which means no additional stylet is needed.
All CCFR personnel have received training on the new equipment with the provider of this medical
technology. It has been placed in service to assist with providing the best pre-hospital care
possible to our residents and visitors.
To learn more about Citrus County Fire Rescue services, call (352) 527-5406.