Sudbury's Emergency Services Department is asking the city to replace its aging fleet of thirty regular cots with "power cots."

Power cots use battery-powered hydraulics to lift the patient in and out of the ambulance.

The deputy chief of emergency medical services Joseph Nicholls spoke to the city's community services committee about the issue during a meeting on Monday.

Nicholls said more than 40 per cent of injuries to paramedics are strains caused from lifting stretchers.

"The paramedic crew is lifting about 1.5 tonnes of combined weight per ambulance call. And this can result in the crew being subjected to lifting about 10 tonnes per shift,” he said.

Strain injuries cost the city more than $150,000 a year. The total cost for the power cots is just under $1million.