Originally published in Compass, January 17, 2013
Brooklin Fire Department to host medical responder course
Time crawls when you’re waiting for emergency medical help. When the nearest ambulance is at least 20 minutes away, the wait seems like an eternity.
For the past decade, the Brooklin Fire Department has sponsored a first responder program, training firefighters and other town residents to arrive at a neighbor’s home within minutes of an emergency medical call. The responders are trained in CPR and other first-aid techniques, but sometimes their most valuable role is to administer oxygen and to radio vital signs and other important information to the ambulance while it is en route, as well as to assist emergency medical technicians and paramedics when they arrive, according to a news release.
In order to keep this critical program going, the Brooklin Fire Department will host a 60-hour Emergency Medical Responder training program, open to residents of any town. The course is tentatively scheduled to meet at the Brooklin fire station every Sunday from February 24 through May 5. The training is offered through Eastern Maine Community College. The teacher will be Theresa Cousins, a certified emergency medical services instructor and a paramedic with Peninsula Ambulance Corps in Blue Hill.
The fire department urges Brooklin residents to consider taking the course and joining its first responder program, Fire Chief Sam Friend said. But the course is open to everyone. Payment arrangements will vary from town to town, Friend said.
For more information or to register, contact Sam Friend at 669-2469.