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Monthly dinners allow local ambulance company to buy new equipment

Who would have thought that a bunch of wings and pizza could translate to new equipment for a local ambulance company?

Apparently, the Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance did. And it paid off.

The Finger Lakes Times reports that from October to April, the ambulance company puts on a pizza and wing night the first Friday of each month.

It’s a chance for members of the community to socialize, eat some wings, and as it turns out – contribute to the life-saving measures the ambulance team provides.

“This is our third year doing this fundraiser, and it has helped us tremendously with being able to purchase new equipment,” said Amanda Gibeau, the ambulance service’s director of operations. She spoke to the Finger Lakes Times about the fundraiser’s success and her experience as a paramedic. “We also receive memorial donations that are a huge help.”

Among those new pieces of equipment – a power stretching, which lifts and lowers patients with the push of a button. A new cardiac monitor with additional diagnostic tools was also purchased.

“This is extremely helpful at times when there are only two people on a call, greatly reducing the risk of injury to our members,” she told the Times.

Two local fire departments also make major donations, which contribute to being able to operate.