Preparedness Corner
August 2003
By Paul Vircsik

Hi Neighbors,

I am writing this as I try to get on the road for the ranch.  This last week has been a hectic one at work and preparing the house for departure.  I had something else in mind this month but because of recent events this is more appropriate.

You never really realize how important someone is in your life until they are not there anymore.  My last shift on the engine was brutal.  Nine calls, all but one a true emergency.  And in one day I witnessed two people die due to smoking.  One was a CPR call that did not survive though she fought for life for 45 minutes.  The other as we delivered him to the hospital.  Due to latest “HIPA” laws, I will leave out the details and complications that brought on their last day on earth.  They left grieving relatives and huge holes in their families.

If you do it, stop.  Don’t encourage it.  For the younger people, show them what happens when you do.

Someone else in all our lives is going through a rough time right now.  My heart goes out to him and his family.  He is a tough old bird and I am sure that all of us wish him well.  May this be just a bump in a long road still to travel.

CPR, First Aid, First Responder, and other classes are available in every town in America.  Everyone should know basic first aid, how to deal with emergency situations and CPR.  If you have children…  It should be a crime if you don’t!  One piece of food down the wrong pipe or a fall from a ladder is not worth the final price.  Especially living in our rural community.

Learning and practicing the skills from these classes will help you prepare.  They will help you identify what is and what isn’t a true emergency and how to properly deal with them.  Realizing what happens or could happen when illness or trauma occurs might make you change your mind before you perform that unsafe act.  At the very least you will know what a dummy you were after you did it.

Stay safe and play smart.

See you all soon,

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