Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) announced it has been awarded a grant by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for the installation of engine idling reduction kiosks.

The grant will enable BMH to purchase the kiosks as well as hire local contractors to install them. Use of the kiosks will improve the air quality at the emergency room entrance and other areas where ambulances are needed for patient transport. In addition, the kiosks will lower operating costs for ambulance operators by reducing engine wear and tear.

Without the kiosks, the diesel engines of ambulances must run in order to maintain stable interior temperatures and ensure continual operation of necessary medical equipment. Ambulance engines can remain idling for some time while emergency medical technicians complete paperwork or other tasks related to patient transport.

BMH Director of Plant Services, Rob Prohaska expects the kiosks to be installed some time in September.

For more information, contact Ellen Smith in the marketing and development office at 802-257-8314.