VFD volunteers participate in EMR class
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Volunteers from six of the county’s 10 volunteer fire departments participate in a CPR class as part of the overall EMR class to qualify them for driving ambulances. Photos submitted
Goodwater and Kellyton ambulances are on hand for class participants to have hands-on driver (EVOC) training. Photo submitted
As part of the hands-on driving (EVOC) training, students also gain familiarity with the equipment carried on the ambulances. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Local volunteers throughout Coosa County have been participating in an EMR class to ultimately qualify them for driving an ambulance.
Elmore Unbehant, Goodwater fire chief and EMS member, has been teaching the class at the Fire Association room in the E-911 building in Rockford. They are now a little more than halfway through the class, being on the sixth week out of 10.
There are 23 volunteers from Equality, Rockford, Goodwater, Hanover, Marble Valley, and Stewartville volunteer fire departments that have been taking the class.
The class is typically conducted two nights per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, although it was not held this Tuesday because of Valentine’s Day.
Some of the topics covered include CPR, actual hands-on driving and familiarity with the equipment carried on the ambulances, among other topics. Unbehant said they have also spent a great deal of time on basic medical skills, as well as reporting and legal aspects of responding.
The class will conclude around the second week of March. When finished all 23 volunteers participating in the class will be qualified to drive ambulances for any service in the state.