What do you have planned for this year? This is my annual recruitment drive. The rescue squad is a great way to serve your community. It can be as an EMT, ambulance driver or administrative member. Yes, our trained members answer emergency 911 call, but administrative members can assist with public education events with local community organization, health fairs, and scouting groups. For admin. members we only ask that you learn CPR. EMTs of course require training.
It all starts be applying with Stafford County as a volunteer. Here is the web site. www.staffordfirerescue.com. You submit a job application for a volunteer EMT even if you want to be administrative.
Now how about the winter weather. Are you ready for a Snow emergency. Here are some suggestions from the CDC.
Check your heating systems.
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
-Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
-Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:
Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
Work slowly when doing outside chores.
Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
Carry a cell phone.