EMS volunteers needed

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]

SIDNEY– Shelby County EMS is looking for volunteers.

The area volunteer rescue squads, Anna, Ft. Loramie, Houston, Minster, Perry-Port Salem, and Quincy are at an all-time low and if they don’t get more volunteers they won’t be able to answer 911 calls.

So they are holding a recruitment drive on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Menards, 401 Lester Ave., in Sidney. CareFlight will be there at 11 a.m. to share their experiences, answer questions and show off their helicopter.

They will have snacks and Hits 105.5 will be broadcasting live from the event. Scott Dickman who is heading up the event is apart of the Perry Port Salem Rescue Squad. He said all area departments are at a critical level when it comes to volunteers.

They will train all new volunteers. New members undergo an orientation program designed to acquaint a person to EMS operation and equipment. In addition, all new members receive basic training in first aid, professional rescuer CPR and automated external defibrillation. Trainees then ride on the ambulance as a part of the ambulance crew to gain field training experience.

The training and scheduling is flexible, allowing for members to pick hours and shifts that are convenient for them, day or night, during the week and/or on weekends. Many of their members do manage to volunteer for other community organizations while still giving time as an emergency responder.

Training starts in the fall.

If you can’t make it to the event you can contact Yvonne Brown at (937) 538-1802 for more information.

By Alexandra Newman

[email protected]