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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Better equipment led to a major drop in workplace injuries for paramedics in Dougherty County. About five years ago, the county purchased hydraulic stretchers. They have motors that do the heavy lifting so paramedics don't have to lift each of the 20,000 patients they see each year.

An average of ten injuries a year used to cost the county in insurance, workers comp, and lost productivity. EMS Director Bobby Tripp told the county commission today that in 2009, there was only one injury in the department, and that employee only missed two days of work.

Tripp said, "It helps with lifting injuries and the stretcher actually has a motor and when you put a patient on the stretcher, the motor will actually lift the stretcher up so the person doesn't actually have to bend down and lift the patient up so it's a tremendous help to our people."

Tripp also told the Commission about response times in Dougherty County. Crews respond to about 75% of emergency calls within five minutes. They get to more than 90% of all calls within 10 minutes.

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