Foundation gives $20K to ambulance corps

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (WVAC) has received a $20,000 donation from the ABB Foundation. ABB moved its offices from Merritt 7 in Norwalk to Danbury Road about a year ago.

“The ABB Foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities in which ABB employees live and work. We hope this grant will assist you in a meaningful way,” said Daniel Hagmann, senior vice president and chief investment officer, Regional Treasurer Americas, ABB Inc. “We are impressed that the volunteers cover the town 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We are especially thankful for their response during one of our major storms,” he added. The donation is specifically earmarked  for  WVAC’s purchase of the PowerLoad System.

Ergonomically designed to reduce operator and patient injuries, Stryker EMS’ Power-LOAD system hydraulically lifts patients weighing up to 700 pounds. The battery-powered hydraulic lift system supports the cot and patient during loading and unloading into and out of the ambulance, reducing spinal loads and the risk of cumulative trauma injuries to the EMS worker, a press release from the ambulance corps said, adding, “The Power-LOAD cot fastener system will improve WVAC’s operator and patient safety.”

“The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps would like to thank the ABB Foundation for their very generous gift,” said Brian Heffernan, WVAC treasurer. “ Without the support of corporations and donations from our community, we would not be able to do what we do.  We really enjoy helping people in their time of need. Gifts like this one allow us to be better equipped to do just that.”

ABB (, headquartered in Cary, N.C., is the largest supplier of industrial motors and drives, the largest provider of generators to the wind industry, the largest supplier of power grids, and the largest transformer manufacturer.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Information:,