First Wave Fin­ished

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Stanstead

On Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13th, the first wave of the new First Re­spon­der pro­gram fin­ished their in­ten­sive train­ing pro­gram and be­came First Re­spon­ders. This is the first stage in a two part hir­ing process in which a joint ven­ture by The Town of Stanstead, Am­bu­lance Stanstead and the Stanstead Fire Depart­ment brings a “call” spe­cific First Re­spon­der pro­gram to the town to as­sist the Am­bu­lance ser­vice.

This pro­gram was ini­ti­ated af­ter Am­bu­lance Stanstead iden­ti­fied a need within the com­mu­nity to ad­dress po­ten­tial time-of-ar­rival de­lays and man­power is­sues for spe­cific calls. The role of the First Re­spon­der will be to of­fer sta­bi­liza­tion care to vic­tims await­ing the am­bu­lance, since, as a ru­ral com­mu­nity, the am­bu­lance re­sponse time can be less than op­ti­mal due to fac­tors

such as un­avail­abil­ity due to trans­port or call vol­ume (as in triage sit­u­a­tions). This pro­gram will pro­vide an ex­tra se­cu­rity and re­sponse buf­fer to the com­mu­nity us­ing ex­ist­ing man­power whilst min­i­mal­iz­ing costs. It is an im­por­tant project for the com­mu­nity as it ad­dresses the need for im­me­di­ate pa­tient sta­bi­liza­tion and as­sess­ment, with the aim of re­duc­ing the mor­tal­ity and mor­bid­ity re­lated to vi­tal emer­gency sit­u­a­tions as well as man­power con­cerns.

It also trains mem­bers of our com­mu­nity to un­der­stand and help in E.M.S. re­sponse there­fore pro­vid­ing a larger num­ber of avail­able re­sources in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. As a vol­un­teer ser­vice this rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment of time and ef­fort from cit­i­zens but the knowl­edge and sat­is­fac­tion that you get from be­com­ing a First Re­spon­der is price­less. The train­ing you re­ceive car­ries over into your fam­ily and pro­fes­sional life and en­ables you to re­act with con­fi­dence and se­cu­rity in sit­u­a­tions where we gen­er­ally tend to hes­i­tate and be in­de­ci­sive.

Af­ter be­ing a part of the pi­lot P.S.M. project for a num­ber of years I can hon­estly say that this pro­gram will pre­pare you for some of life’s most dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions while sat­is­fy­ing the in­her­ent need we have to help our fel­low cit­i­zens. It is not al­ways easy be­ing a First Re­spon­der, there are many highs and lows, but it is the most per­son­ally sat­is­fy­ing thing I have ever done be­cause I will al­ways know I was right there help­ing when peo­ple needed it the most. Thank you and congratulations to our first group for all your ef­forts and sac­ri­fices and re­mem­ber the sec­ond round of re­cruit­ment be­gins soon. Will you an­swer the call­ing?

Photo pro­vided by Jean Fluet

Here are the first grad­u­ates of the Stanstead First Re­spon­der Team. Sit­ting, left to right: Scott For­est and Jean-fran­cois Veil­lette. Stand­ing left to right: Ron Knapp, Jean Fluet, John Ed­mond, Eric Blanchette, Ian Stark, Danny Brus, Christo­pher Good­sell, Nat­acha Be­liv­eau and Mar­cus Good­sell.

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