Arbala, Miller Grove and Brinker Volunteer Fire Departments kicked off their August with community development, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training from Hopkins County Emergency Management Services (EMS) for new members.
CPR training, which is required every two years for fire department members, is sometimes necessary more often for county VFDs like Arbala, who frequently recruit new members, according to Arbala Chief Brian Fairchild.
“We appreciate all the effort the county EMS puts into us,” Fairchild told Front Porch News. “EMS Captain Brent Smith has been such a blessing to our station and we’re thankful to keep our education up.”
Arbala hosted the session at Station 17, and combined, the stations certified 15 members. EMS provided instruction on automated external defibrillator (AED), adult, and infant resuscitation.
“It turned out fabulous,” Fairchild said. “We were thrilled that so many people were able to get certified.”
“It’s great for departments to collaborate,” Miller Grove captain Ray Sparks agreed. “We’re thankful to work with EMS because they provide great instruction. It’s good to train newer hands and I think it went fantastic.”
Arbala station also welcomed a donation from Hydrating The Hopkins County First Responders. Gatorade was provided by foundation president and EMS dispatcher Kathy Halter as well as Vicki Webb Evans with the Circle E Pawn and Gun out of Commerce.
Unfortunately the Station 17 crew was unable to grab a picture with the hydration crew as they were toned out to a call.
“It’s greatly appreciated and greatly needed,” Fairchild said. “We have some water we got through a grant, but we always welcome more supplies. We’re in dire need.”
Overall, said Fairchild, it’s important to remember that local VFDs are “in your community to help and serve.”
By Taylor Nye