The Galveston County (TX) Office of Emergency Management is the winner of the first-ever AmbuBus® Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit™ Giveaway from First Line Technology.
After four months of nominations and a community-wide voting effort, the Galveston OEM earned 3,290 votes and with them the grand prize: and AmbuBus Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit valued at up to $35,000.
Galveston County OEM Coordinator David Popoff said the organization plans to use their new AmbuBus Kit (along with the potential donation of a bus from Lighthouse Charities) as a statewide asset to bolster disaster preparedness and hurricane preparedness in particular.
“We’re going to park it at a volunteer fire department mid-county that semi-above the surge zone,” said Popoff. “They can ride out minor storms and will be available 24/7 for no-notice events.”
During the three-week voting period, Galveston OEM’s closest competitor was Red Rock Search and Rescue (RRSAR) of Las Vegas, who worked with several community organizations to gather 3,001 votes.
As a reward for such a hard-won second place spot, First Line Technology decided to surprise the first runner up organization with a donation of an AmbuBus Kit of their own. Red Rock Search and Rescue Vice Commander & PIO Dana Richardson said this AmbuBus will help his crew – of 212 and counting – live up to their motto: We Don’t Quit.
“We train hard and go after the national certifications that legitimize what we do,” said Richardson, adding that he and other members of his organization were blown away and still in a bit of shock after learning that they would win a second AmbuBus. “Every single person that we have believes in [our motto: We Don’t Quit] and it shows.”
He hopes the AmbuBus will be just one more tool for his volunteers (and all of Clark County) to use. All finalists – including Galveston OEM and Red Rock Search and Rescue – will also receive discounted AmbuBus products/accessories and grant guidance from the First Line Technology team to ensure that each of these deserving agencies is able to get the tools they need to their crucial, life-saving jobs.
“Our local first responders – and the first responders around the country – are veritable heroes. But they need supplies to help them do the best work – and save the most lives – possible,” said First Line Technology President Amit Kapoor. “This contest was a success for First Line Technology, but it was more of a success for these organizations who know have proof of how much their communities truly care for them. To our winners, finalists, nominees, and first responders everywhere: your communities support you and the work you do does not go unnoticed. Thank you for your service.”
About First Line Technology: First Line Technology, LLC supplies Out of the Box Solutions to first responders and the military. Since 2003, First Line has established itself as a leader in new product development and distribution with innovative, yet simple, solutions.
First Line prides itself in creating high-quality products that are comfortable, effective, and safe for use in All-Hazards response including the AmbuBus (Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit), PhaseCore (Heat-Activated Personal Cooling Products) and FiberTect (Activated Carbon Dry Decon Wipes).