All of our six ambulances are equipped with Stryker PowerPro Stretchers. These stretchers are a hydraulic based stretcher with the pump being powered by an 18V Dewalt battery with the ability to lift and carry 700 pounds. These stretchers are controlled by pushing one button that raises the stretcher up and another that lowers the stretcher down. The main benefit the stretcher offers is that it helps in preventing back injuries to personnel. Here at Jackson County and in EMS in general, numerous employees have sustained debilitating injuries while lifting and lowering stretchers. Having a stretcher that does the bulk of the work will hopefully prevent further injuries from occurring.