LUZERNE – Representatives from the Luzerne-based EMS Training Institute addressed borough council Wednesday evening, seeking a share of the local gaming grant funding.
The institute wants to buy new state-of-the-art training mannequins and it needs the borough to sponsor a grant application.
Project facilitator Homer Berlew described the mannequins as, the very best training tool on the market. They could be operated remotely and are equipped with synthetic blood, simulated blood pressure and speech functions.
The mannequins are designed to create a realistic scenario for training individuals on everything from basic CPR skills to advanced life-saving skills. The EMS Training Institute provides these types of training to community individuals, as well as professional emergency personnel.
A set of three mannequins – infant-, child- and adult-sized -- costs $145,000, which includes built-in computer software and ongoing tech support for the software applications.
After the presentation, the council voted 5-1 to sponsor the grant application.
Council member Judy Gober was absent and Kurt Santayana cast the sole vote against.
Santayana said he approved the intent behind the application request but had reservations about applying for funding for the institute if it meant the possibility that grant funding for other municipal projects would be denied.
He advocated revisiting the issue at the regular December meeting after the council had more time to consider what other projects might be in need of potential grant funding.
EMS Institute representatives will now coordinate efforts with borough officials to process the grant request before the Dec. 31 deadline.
In other matters, Council President Michael Jancuska advised the members of council to contemplate possible projects for grant applications. He stressed the importance of continuing discussions with Wyoming and West Wyoming to obtain natural gas-powered recycling trucks.
This notion garnered the full support of the council and will be revisited at the December regular meeting.
Borough Council's next regular meeting will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.