Left to right: Michel Chrétien; director of emergency services for the UCPR; Warden Gary Barton; Kyle Templeton, member of the Eastern Ontario ATV Club; and Christian Broudreau, emergency services. (Photo: Francis Tessier-Burns).

All-terrain stretcher donated to UCPR emergency services

An all-terrain stretcher has been added to Prescott-Russell’s emergency services department, courtesy of the Eastern Ontario ATV Club.

At the latest United Counties of Prescott and Russell Committee of the Whole Meeting, the club officially donated the $7,000 piece of equipment to emergency services, though it’s been stationed at the Larose Forest since the spring.

In that time, it has already been used for one case, says Michel Chrétien, director of emergency services.

The stretcher allows emergency services to remove patients much more effectively when in difficult terrain as it can be attached to ATVs and snowmobiles.

Chrétien added that paramedics, firefighters and staff at the Larose Forest have all been trained on how to use the new piece of equipment.

Chrétien says the department had considered investing in the equipment, but didn’t have the funds to do so. The ATV club then took it upon itself to buy the stretcher.