Dean Foods of Le Mars is helping the local ambulance service staff meet the emergency care needs with a donation presented to Le Mars Emergency Medical Services Director Bill Rosacker Tuesday.
The donation from the milk processor and distributor will provide specialized cabinetry to spread out some of the equipment for the new emergency vehicle, according to Rosacker.
"Right now everything is on one side, he said.
A new ambulance vehicle is scheduled to be put into use next month.
The change in the new ambulance means access to equipment such as the heart and blood pressure monitors, a communications radio and a warmer for I-Vs won't have to be passed back and forth by the two emergency medical technicians, Rosacker said.
"One person will be able to do something while another is doing something totally different," he said.
Improvements for the ambulance equipment will also place an ambulance laptop computer in brackets.
Ambulance staff wanted to make the change in the way the patient care area of the ambulance is set up when the new ambulance was purchased, Rosacker said.
The stumbling block to the changes was a shortfall in city of Le Mars money for the new emergency equipment.
Four Dean Foods employees who are emergency medical service first responders recognized the equipment need because the workers are part of Le Mars and Remsen ambulance crews, according to Jarrod Otta, Dean Foods Le Mars plant manager.
"They approached me and the director of manufacturing to see if we'd help to bridge the gap between what they had and what they needed," Otta said.
Dean Foods supported the donation to the ambulance service in Le Mars, he said.
"The bottom line is we want to help support things that are important to our employees," Otta said. "Since we have this many people with this kind of interest in helping the community and being involved with the ambulance, we thought we'd do our best to help support them in their endeavor."
Rosacker said emergency medical services in Iowa need money and people.
"Basically, Dean Foods is providing both," he said.
This is the first donation to the Le Mars Ambulance Service by Dean Foods, Rosacker said.
Otta described the donation in terms of a partnership for the industry, which employs about 170 workers, and the community.
"Obviously we need the community to support us and we're trying to support the community," he said.