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Training of Volunteers is Valuable
From volunteer firemen to the Red Cross, volunteers help shape our country.
The next volunteer firemen’s training session will be on Wednesday around 6:30pm at the parking lot near the fire station. Be sure to bring your helmet and a set of gloves. Pot luck barbecue will follow the training session.
There will be one hour of first aid and two hours of pot luck barbecue. Please be on time. We then can keep on schedule, and get you home before 11:00pm.
At 6:30pm on Wednesday, after a regular day of work, there were two fire trucks and one local ambulance in the fire station’s parking lot.
One truck had its first-aid gear out: a backboard, two small individual first aid packs, one big first aid pack, several wire splinters, several long rolled up straps, a small 300-foot rope and several two-way radios.
About 30-minutes into the first aid training someone spotted a big cloud of whitish-brown smoke coming from where the local elementary school is located. Field training was not scheduled until 7:30pm. Who started it early?
A call from the local police said that there is smoke coming from the office of the school. Could we get someone out here?
Since one of the fire trucks still had all its equipment, five firemen and a driver jump on the truck, and the truck took off.
About two to three hours later, the fire was out. Two offices of the school had the children’s records, that were ready for high school, destroyed. It looked like someone didn’t want their records sent to the local high school.
At this time in 1969-1976, in the the California foothills, there were only two American Red Cross first aid instructors.
These instructors taught the local volunteer firemen, the local sheriff deputies, the local California High Way Patrol officers — when they had to renew their first aid card — ambulance crews, school bus drivers and anyone who wanted or needed a Red Cross first aid card.
One of the instructors was called to the San Francisco School District to teach the principals, P.E. teachers and counselors basic first aid because there were no instructors available at that time.
A new emergency state law came from Sacramento at this time: All California school administrators and counselors must have a basic first aid card to keep their job. Since all San Francisco First Aid instructors were busy, the district called in an instructor from the California foothills to teach first aid.
Today it’s different. There are all kind of classes based on emergency first aid procedures taught at colleges, fire stations and local schools. But at that time, there were very few areas where first aid classes were taught.
Therefore, you should take advantage of this and take classes. You never know when the skills of first aid will come in handy.
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