By: Jillian Wilson
People in Altona are teaming up to raise money for electric cots, like this one here.
"It's very helpful especially for our backs because we don't have to do as much manual lifting with the power cot. We just push a button and the button does all the work for us," says Jenny Brush, EMT Basic Volunteer.
Today, the ambulance service held an open house and welcomed folks from all over to join.
Members from the Galesburg EMS came over to show and answer questions about their power cot.
"Excellent. It eliminates a lot of repetitive motion lifting, a lot of back injuries occur because we have to lift the cot in and out of the stretcher several times on every call. By having the power assist it eliminates some of that lifting," says David Volkers, Paramedic.
But it's not just the power cots that are getting everyone's spirits high.
Members of the ambulance service say giving back to their community is what the job is all about.
"Just being able to help. Being there all hours of the day and night. Twenty four/Seven. 365. We're there," says Sally Keener, EMS Volunteer.
"I love to be able to help the community and give back to others," says Brush.
But there's one problem.
"Big need for volunteers," says Keener.
Right now there are only 22 volunteers.
"We're always looking for extra help," says Keener.
The AOW is pushing to get more hands to help. Long time veteran volunteers like sally keener says it's a fulfilling job.
"Satisfaction from helping the community. Being able to help the people we know and some we don't know. We're always there for them," says Keener.
Jenny Brush hopes others will share the same passion.
"I feel like I'm part of a family with the AOW ambulance service," says Brush.
If you want to volunteer, just contact your local fire department.