Medical First Responders
As of January 2018, the certification of our two medical First Responders has expired, and no update class has been available to recertify them as the new certification for EMR. So we may still respond to some medical calls and give first aid in emergencies, but we will not be able to provide even the minimal medical service allowed to First responders.
Emergency Medical First Responders provide initial medical support while the ambulance from the Surprise Valley Hospital is enroute to Fort Bidwell. First Responders also find the incident location to guide the ambulance, and assist the ambulance crew as necessary. First Responders are now called Emergency Medical Responders (EMR).
Many Fort Bidwell Volunteer Fire Department members are trained and certified for CPR and use of our AED (Automatic Emergency Defibulator). As we are a remote community and time is critical, everyone should get training in CPR or at least become familiar with Hands-Only-CPR.
First Responders are certified by NorCal EMS, the Medical Director for Northern California, and operate under the Surprise Valley Hospital. Training includes Hazmat, CPR, and AED certification. CPR and AED certification is done by the American Safety & Health Institute. EMS training is done through the Surprise Valley Hospital and the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department.
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