In January, four additional members of the department, Firefighter Kelly Joyce, Captain Brigam Young, Captain Joey Torres and Chief Michael Baxter completed an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician course. These four men completed 176 hours of classroom lecture, 121 hours of practical lab exercises and 144 hours of clinical work in the emergency room and on an ambulance for a total of 441 hours of training. These seven men have worked very hard to complete this training and the result will be a higher level of service and care provided to the residents of Chatsworth. The Department is very proud of each of them and grateful for their hard work and dedication.
“This type of training is vital to our service to the community.” According to Chatsworth Chief Michael Baxter.
“The vast majority of the calls for assistance we respond to are medical calls.” People often ask “Why is a fire truck here? I called an ambulance.” “What we want them to understand is that due to the high volume of calls to our local EMS service, many times there is no ambulance immediately available or the type of call requires more than two personnel to handle the situation.”
Currently, eleven of the twenty six members of the department are licensed EMT’s or Paramedics. Chief Baxter said that the department is coordinating another round of classes with Murray EMS for the remaining members to be conducted this year. “This level of training for our personnel dramatically improves our level of service to the community and our ability to assist the Emergency Medical Service when they need it.”