First Wave Finished
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?
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.