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Preventing Summer Emergencies
Washington EMT Wins Lifetime Achievement Award


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Issue # 6May 24, 2014

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

Are you looking for something to do today? Something interesting and different? Something appealing to all ages?

Today (Saturday, May 24) we are hosting an Open House. It will be at the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, located at 109 Bee Brook Rd. in Washington Depot, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

What can you expect?
  • Tours of the ambulance itself (Note to parents: We emphasize that in an ambulance, everything has a place and everything needs to be in its place.)
  • A mock car crash, where you will see our fire and ambulance personnel working together to extricate and treat patients. We plan to do this several times. The photo below shows a scene from a previous such exercise, staged for Kara Linder's Senior Project. 


  • A visit from LIFE STAR, the critical care helicopter service, with a presentation at noon and the helicopter itself flying in at 1 p.m. Do you know how long it takes to get from Washington to Connecticut's top trauma centers when you're flying with Life Star? (Hint: It's under 15 minutes.) Note that if the weather is not good for flying or if Life Star is needed for an emergency, they will not visit us.  
  • Car Seat safety checks by a representative from Safe Kids Connecticut
  • A chance to learn some useful skills by rotating through different stations. We will have our training dummies out, and you can try your hand at CPR (we will be flabbergasted if you bring our dummies to life). This is not a certification class, although if you would like to take a class, we will sign you up. 
  • Many freebies, including File of Life forms and refrigerator magnets (handy for keeping track of your medications and invaluable in a 911 emergency), coloring and activity books for kids, and blood pressure checks.
  • A raffle with a large and appealing selection of prizes donated by everyone's favorite local businesses, including The Hickory Stick Bookstore, Marty's Cafe, Washington Supply and MANY more. (Thank you!) 
Preventing Summer's Seasonal Emergencies

 

Every summer, we see seasonal emergencies that could be prevented or made less serious with some advance planning. The American College of Emergency Room Physicians offers some terrific resources on preventing seasonal emergencies, starting with these Top Five Tips To Avoiding the E.R. this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers Summer Safety Tips focused on preventing injuries to children. It's worth taking a look at their list, which stems from what they see and treat. You know that fireworks are dangerous, but have you thought about lawn mower safety? Anyone who uses a mower should wear hearing and eye protection.  ALWAYS turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop COMPLETELY before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths.   

 

We would especially encourage you to stay cool and hydrated this summer.  Dehydration - which is when your body does not have the amount of water or fluids it needs to function - can be very dangerous.  To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids, kicking up your fluid intake when the weather is hot or you are exercising, and bearing in mind that alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can worsen dehydration.  Water and sports drinks are better choices. 

 

It's useful to recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses are no fun, dangerous and preventable.

 

Washington EMT Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Wright
 
  
Earlier this week, we were greatly honored when one of our own - Washington EMT and Chief Emeritus Steve Wright - was awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Connecticut Health Network.
 
Steve has been involved in emergency services for over 40 years. During those years, he has served in EMS, firefighting and wilderness rescue. He is trained in Swift Water Rescue and is a member of the Regional Rope Rescue Team. During ski season, he works on the Ski Patrol at Mohawk Mountain.
 
Washington First Selectman Mark Lyon commented "Throughout his life of volunteer service, Steve has served as a model of professionalism and selfless dedication to Washington and regional Emergency Medical Services."
 
The announcement of Steve's choice as the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award was greeted with a standing ovation by EMS personnel from around the region.
Did we mention that we're having an Open House?  
 
We are having an Open House today, and would love to see you in a non-emergency context.
Sincerely,
 
The Volunteers of Washington Ambulance Association
Susie Wallace-Wyant, Chief