The fire depart­ment, fire ex­tin­guish­ers, smoke de­tec­tors, car seats, CPR

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Tamara Wolk

Your safety can de­pend on a lot of things that are easy to for­get, like keep­ing smoke de­tec­tors work­ing or how to use a fire ex­tin­guisher.

Many peo­ple don’t re­al­ize that the Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment is ded­i­cated to help­ing to pre­vent dis­as­ters as well as stop­ping them once they’ve started.

“We can come out to neigh­bor­hoods, apart­ment com­plexes, busi­nesses, nurs­ing homes, schools, any­where,” says Brandi Trus­ley, who works in ad­min­is­tra­tion with the depart­ment, “and teach peo­ple how to use a fire ex­tin­guisher or make sure smoke de­tec­tors are work­ing prop­erly.”

The fire depart­ment also has sev­eral mem­bers who are cer­ti­fied to make sure child pas­sen­ger safety seats in cars are prop­erly in­stalled. Res­i­dents can stop by the fire sta­tion in Ring­gold to have their child car seats checked, or they can keep an eye out for some of the pub­lic places the fire depart­ment some­times sets up to of­fer safety checks.

On April 17, the fire depart­ment will be hold­ing a four-hour CPR class that is free to Ca­toosa County res­i­dents. The class be­gins at 8 a.m. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing the class should call the fire depart­ment to sign up for it.

“It’s a good skill to have,” says Trus­ley. “This is also a chance for those who have al­ready taken a CPR class to re­fresh their knowl­edge.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about safety train­ing or in­spec­tions of­fered by the Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment, call 706-935-2001. The Ring­gold fire sta­tion is lo­cated at 5282 Evitt St.

The Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment some­times sets up in pub­lic places to of­fer free in­spec­tions of child safety seats in ve­hi­cles. (Photo/Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment)

Sev­eral mem­bers of the Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment have taken train­ing to be­come cer­ti­fied to make sure child pas­sen­ger safety seats are prop­erly in­stalled. (Photo/Ca­toosa County Fire Depart­ment)

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