"B" Shift Firefighter, Dylan Green, using our aerial apparatus to place a cone on top of another. This is one way to train on ladder placement and depth perception as well as completing our weekly "check-off" for this particular apparatus. ... ExpandHide
Never forget to move over for stopped emergency vehicles. It is not only safe, it is the law! When you see blue, amber, or red lights you should move to the furthest lane away and slow down. Each year firefighters, police officers, and tow truck operators are struck and killed as a result of speed and failure to move over. Slow down, and pull over! ... ExpandHide
Today and yesterday we were honored to host Hayden Primary School Kindergarten classes here at the West Blount Fire District for a station tour, fire prevention lessons, and they even had the opportunity to spray some water and be cooled off with a little water! The classes reviewed their emergency plans at home, the importance of 911, and how to escape their home in the event of a fire. We are thankful to be able to serve this community with not only emergency response, but fire prevention and education! ... ExpandHide
- With it being National EMS Week we wanted to take a moment and let our community know of our advancements in EMS. Over the last two decades EMS has certainly made its mark on the fire service, and so almost always the firemen you see now are also EMT's and serve in the capacity of emergency medical response. Here at West Blount 90% of our calls are EMS related from chest pains, trauma, and strokes.
- So, what are we doing to handle this? We have now implemented the ALS (Advanced Life Support) program here at West Blount Fire District. In the past we served in the BLS (Basic Life Support) capacity which means we could only gather vitals, control bleeding, and do the basic maneuvers for emergency response. We now have the ability and capacity to start IV's, give medications, place someone on a heart monitor and obtain an ECG, and administer fluid replacement in the event of a traumatic injury. This is a HUGE step in what we hope will be a continuing improvement in our services. EMS is a vital part to our department, but also to the life and safety of the citizens we serve! The bags are being set up, and we're closer and closer to getting this program underway! ... ExpandHide