Ca­toosa Fire gets a grant for CPR

♦ The money will be used to buy masks to give to those par­tic­i­pat­ing in free CPR classes. The next class is set for Dec. 11.

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Adam Cook [email protected] By Adam Cook [email protected]

Ca­toosa County com­mis­sion­ers have ap­proved ac­cep­tance of a grant that will al­low the fire depart­ment to con­tinue its ef­forts to ed­u­ca­tion the pub­lic on CPR.

Dur­ing the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing Tues­day night, Nov. 6, Fire Chief Randy Camp ex­plained that his depart­ment was re­cently awarded a $500 grant for the sec­ond year in a row.

“We are re­cip­i­ents of the Ten­nessee Amer­i­can Wa­ter Grant, and we’re ask­ing you to amend the bud­get for $500 so we can take the grant and pur­chase what we pur­chased last year,” Camp said.

With last year’s grant funds, the depart­ment was able to pur­chase CPR masks that were given to res­i­dents who par­tic­i­pated in one of the free CPR classes that were of­fered.

“This is a de­vice for teach­ing the com­mu­nity CPR,” Camp said. “It elim­i­nates the body flu­ids from the care­giver or the per­son con­duct­ing CPR to the pa­tient it­self. The cost for 200 of them is right around $500.”

Camp says the classes and last year’s in­clu­sion of the masks went a long way in help­ing to ed­u­cate the pub­lic.

“Last year, we con­ducted sev­eral CPR classes and cer­ti­fied 283 cit­i­zens to do CPR and we gave out over 200 of these (masks),” Camp said. “This is some­thing they can keep in their ve­hi­cle, keep it at work, or keep it some place read­ily ac­ces­si­ble. It’s some­thing you can keep with you all the time. Hope­fully you won’t ever have to use it, but if you do, it’s nice to have it there.”

Camp says the mask of­fers a lit­tle in­cen­tive for those who might have some trep­i­da­tion about help­ing out a stranger.

“Over the years, one thing peo­ple are re­luc­tant to do is CPR or mouth-to-mouth on some­one they don’t know,” Camp said. “This is a nice lit­tle tool to help solve from catch­ing some­thing.”

Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved amend­ing the fire depart­ment’s bud­get to in­clude the grant.

The next sched­uled free CPR class will take place Dec. 11 at Fire Sta­tion 1 on Evitt Street be­hind the Ring­gold De­pot.

The depart­ment can also sched­ule fire ex­tin­guisher or CPR classes for neigh­bor­hoods, churches, of­fices, and other or­ga­ni­za­tions per re­quest. In­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact Lt. Zac Steele at 706-935-2001 for in­quiries.

Ca­toosa County de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an en­ter­ing auto case in­volv­ing the theft of a hand­gun from a ve­hi­cle, po­lice say.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ca­toosa County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the theft oc­curred some­time dur­ing the night of Nov. 8 or the morn­ing of Nov. 9 at a res­i­dence on Chero­kee Val­ley Road.

The vic­tim filed a re­port at the Sher­iff’s of­fice af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that his .380-cal­ibur Smith & Wes­son hand­gun was taken by some­one who en­tered his GMC Sierra pickup truck, re­ports show.

The vic­tim was un­able to im­me­di­ately pro­vide se­rial num­ber in­for­ma­tion for the stolen weapon, but he did ad­mit that the truck was left un­se­cured dur­ing the time the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft or the miss­ing gun is en­cour­aged to con­tact De­tec­tive Johnny Cun­ning­ham at the Ca­toosa County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

/ Adam Cook

Ca­toosa County Fire Chief Randy Camp ex­plains the depart­ment’s re­cent grant award dur­ing the Nov. 6 Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing.

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