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Bound Tree launches petition in support of first responders legislation

The Supporting Our First Responders Act would authorize $50 million in federal EMS grants


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By Leila Merrill
EMS1 Staff

DUBLIN, Ohio — Bound Tree Medical, a national distributor of prehospital emergency medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals for EMS providers, set up a petition this month to urge Congress to advance the “Supporting Our First Responders Act.”

The legislation would authorize $50 million in grants to cover EMS hiring, training, equipment and vehicles.

“Congress must act now in order to equip our EMTs and paramedics with the support that they need so they can continue to provide our communities with the support and care they deserve,” Rob Meriweather, president of emergency preparedness for Bound Tree, said in a video announcing the petition drive.

The bill is here, and the Bound Tree petition is here.

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'Supporting Our First Responders Act' would add $50M in federal EMS grants

Priority would be given to applicants whose proposals will expand coverage, improve response times, and help organizations provide medical transport and services