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County EMS gets new tablets

Will replace old laptops

Lawrence County EMS announced it is receiving new tablets through a grant it applied for late last year, at the county commission meeting Thursday afternoon.

The grant came from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s EMS Division, and the new tablets will replace the agency’s old laptops.

“These are the latest iPad Pros, and they will replace our laptops, which are seven years old,” Jeff Gaskin, county EMS resource and facilities administrator, said. “Seven years in computer years is a long time. We only got five now, but they will ship us more.”

He added that some of the new tablets would be kept in the offices, while some will be placed on the six primary ambulances.

“We hope to get these on the trucks within a week or a week and a half,” he said. “We’ll do everything that we did on the laptops on these, including our reports, truck reports, drug inventories and more.”

In other action, the commission:

• Received and filed the Dog Warden Report dated April 21, 2018.

• Approved one new floodplain permit and two floodplain permit renewals.

• Received and filed the monthly EMS report for April 2018.

• Approved one appropriation.

• Approved six transfer funds.

• Approved the Amendment No. 1 to Engineering Services Agreement, requested by Bill Nenni.

• Authorized Lawrence County Engineer Patrick Leighty to sign and in all ways act as the Authorized Agent relative to the Public Assistance Grant Program for FEMA-Dr-4360-OH.

• Approved and signed the Preventative Maintenance Agreement secondary extension in the amount of $16,140 for HVAC services to be provided to the Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services (LCDJFS) by the Perfection Group.

• Met in executive session with Rich Blankenship, LCDJFS, and Chris Kline, county chief deputy auditor, regarding personnel; hire, fire, reprimand. No action was taken.

• Met in executive session with Mac Yates, Lawrence County EMS, regarding real estate. No action was taken.