LAKE ARIEL – An area fire company recently received a donation that will help them provide more services to patients.

The Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company received two Basic Life Support (BLS) bags from Wayne Ambulance.

BLS is used for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital.

The BLS bags include items like initial bag splints, bandages, sterile water, pressure cuffs and a stethoscope for vital signs.

“We've donated BLS bags to volunteer fire departments as well as township and municipal police departments,” said Lyndsay Grady, marketing and program development manager for Lackawanna Ambulance. “We've been donating them for awhile and would like to continue doing so.”

She added they will do this for any BLS companies in Wayne and Lackawanna counties.

Grady also said that a lot of fire fighters are also EMTs so the BLS bags are a big help.

“If they are the first unit on scene, they can begin rendering care and help the patient until an ambulance arrives,” Grady explained. “This also helps the fire fighters themselves if they get injured on scene.”

Grady said they want the companies to be prepared for the interest of patients.

“It's a great way to build a partnership with the departments,” she said. “We work together quite a bit on different types of emergencies.

“It's a great way to strengthen our relationship and ultimately make sure they have the right tools for the interest of the patient.”

She added if at any time the BLS bags need to be restocked, Wayne or Lackawanna Ambulance will stock them as well.

“The Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank Lackawanna/Wayne Ambulance for their generous donation of two BLS bags,” said Rescue Captain Chris DiPierro. “The addition of these bags will allow our first responders to better care for patients during an emergency situation.

“The bags will be in service on Engine 1, located at the main station on Route 191, and Engine 2 located at the Hideout Station.”

Grady said if there are other volunteer fire departments interested in these supplies or are requiring them, contact her at (570) 207-5200 ext. 236.

“We want to be able to serve the community in that capacity,” she said.