Local Ambulances to Install Hydraulic Cot

LINCOLN -- Lincoln Fire and Rescue has a new cot that will be easier to use when lifting patients into an ambulance.   The Stryker Power-LOAD cot is made to cut back on the number of paramedics that get hurt while loading up people needing to be taken to the hospital.  The hydraulic system can list patients weighing up to 700 pounds.  Division Fire Chief Roger Bonin says money for this new device came from FEMA's Metropolitan Medical Response System.  A third ambulance is scheduled to have the new system installed in the next three months.  Total cost for one of these cot systems is around $25,000.  Division Chief Roger Bonin says without this new system, many paramedics would suffer some sort of back injury over time.