Haliburton County could be investing in technology to save lives. Chief of Paramedic Services Tim Waite told the county’s Emergency Services Committee this morning that there is a request for proposal out for power stretchers.

Waite tells the My Haliburton Now newsroom that on a typical call, a paramedic will have to bend and lift around six times. He says with power stretchers, once the patient is put on the bed, the medic would just have to press a button.

The R.F.P. period closes on May 17th and Waite says he will have a better idea of the cost then. He adds that part of the proposal will include a trial period of the power stretchers and hopes to have a recommendation for county council at its meeting in July.