The Auburn Fire Rescue will be holding an Emergency Medical Responder class this fall. The schedule is:
- Class on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6pm and 10pm;
- Starting September 5 and ending October 30th;
- Testing in early November, date to be announced;
- At the Auburn Safety Complex.
An Emergency Medical Responder is the first step in the levels of nationally certified and NH State licensed EMS providers. This is a great introduction into EMS work and allows the evaluation, treatment and transport of patients.
The biggest differences between paramedics, EMR's and EMTs are the training and the scope of practice (what they are allowed to do). EMR's usually receive 80 – 100 hours of training, Basic EMTs usually receive 120 – 180 hours of training, while paramedics get anywhere from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours of training.
Licensed EMR's are encouraged to join the Auburn and Candia Fire Departments and volunteer to respond to EMS and rescue calls. Both the Auburn and Candia Volunteer Fire Departments provide EMS, fire and rescue services to their communities. Members of departments can volunteer in whichever capacity they choose (medical only, fire only or both fire and medical). We welcome all interested persons to inquire.
Some more information about the EMR certification can be obtained from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians: https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/reg_1st_history.asp
The Candia Volunteer Fire Department is honored to have recently taken delivery of a new Lucas 2 Chest Compression System. The Lucas is a highly effective mechanical device that performs CPR chest compressions. The result is perfect, uninterrupted compressions from a machine that does not get tired. This results in higher blood flow to vital organs. This life saving tool was provided as a gift from the Candia Volunteer Firemen's Association, since the CVFD could not afford such an expensive device.
The Candia Volunteer Fireman's Association is an organization that raises money from generous donors from in and out of town, and uses the funds to support the CVFD operation beyond what is possible through the fire department budget. In addition to the Lucas, the Association also purchased 5 new AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for the department. Three of these AEDs will be placed into Candia Police cruisers. All Candia Police Officers are certified in CPR and respond to all cardiac arrest calls in town. Most of the time, the police arrive before the fire department and they are able to start the two most essential life saving interventions in a cardiac arrest: CPR and defibrillation with an AED. Previously, the police had one AED only and it has since become obsolete. Now having 3 new AEDs in service will improve the odds that the first arriving Candia Police officer will have an AED available if called to a cardiac event.
More information about the Lucas device can be read here: http://www.lucas-cpr.com/en/lucas_cpr/lucas_cpr.