First Re­spon­ders com­ing to Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Theres­i­dents of Stanstead will have a new ser­vice, as of June 1st, to com­pli­ment the ser­vices of Am­bu­lance Stanstead: a First Re­spon­ders team of trained per­son­nel from the town’s fire depart­ment who can come to the scene of cer­tain kinds of health emer­gen­cies to pro­vide as­sis­tance un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rives.

“Our First Re­spon­ders pro­ject will start on June 1st. Fif­teen of our guys have been trained and the other thir­teen will be trained in the next few months. They will re­spond only in the town of Stanstead to level one emer­gency calls: car­diac ar­rest or ana­phy­lac­tic shock. The ob­jec­tive is to shorten the re­sponse time for th­ese kinds of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially when the am­bu­lance is out of town,” ex­plained the town’s fire chief, Chris Good­sell. And with an aver­age of more than 450 calls a year and only one am­bu­lance, the am­bu­lance is of­ten far from home, en route to or from a Sher­brooke hos­pi­tal.

As al­ways, when faced with an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, Stanstead res­i­dents are to call 911, as they have in the past, and the ap­pro­pri­ate per­son­nel will be dis­patched to their ad­dress. “I’d like to re­mind peo­ple that when they are faced with th­ese sit­u­a­tions that they make sure their ad­dress is vis­i­ble, their drive­way is clear, and there is some­one to wave us down if pos­si­ble,” said Mr. Good­sell.

“Some peo­ple think that when we get called out as First Re­spon­ders that we’ll re­spond in a big fire truck, but that’s not the case. Am­bu­lance Stanstead do­nated an old am­bu­lance to the fire depart­ment and we have trans­formed it to meet the needs of first re­spon­ders. Two peo­ple will re­spond in that ve­hi­cle but it can­not be used to trans­port pa­tients,” said the fire chief.

Peo­ple are still be­ing warned not to start any brush fires. “We’ve had four or five brush fires so far this spring; the one in Og­den was big and it al­most got away from us. Out­door fires must be in a pit or con­tained.” In­for­ma­tion, present con­di­tions and reg­u­la­tions about out­door fire safety can be found on the SOPFEU web­site.

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