Cleaner air is the goal of grant


Franciscan St. Margaret HealthDyer and Hammond and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point will share a $52,500 grant provided through a BP Cleaner Air through Diesel Emission Reductions program, in conjunctio­n with a consortium of area environmen­tal groups and South Shore Clean Cities, to help reduce ambulance emissions outside of their emergency department­s.

The funds will be used to purchase seven Medidok Idle Reduction Kiosks that plug into ambulances and keep vital systems operating without running an engine and emitting potentiall­y harmful fumes, while the vehicle is parked.

The funds will be matched by the Indiana Department of Environmen­tal Management Dieselwise program, to complete the installati­on process.

The hospitals’ emergency department­s combined receive some 21,000 ambulance drop-offs annually. The devices are expected to save 1,700 gallons of fuel during that time.

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