Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Posted on 5.13.2013
History of EMS Week
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Around this time the observance of EMS Week was moved to September. In 1992 EMS Week was again moved to be the 3rd week in May. The move was made to separate EMS Week from Fire Prevention week in October. The rationale for the move was the majority of fire and EMS services felt having the two events back to back hurt the effectiveness of each program so EMS Week was moved to May.
ACEP began collecting and distributing ideas and information for EMS Week in the early 1980’s. Professionally printed and prepared EMS Week Planning kits were developed starting in the late 1980’s. Today 25,000 EMS Week Planning Guides are distributed free of charge to EMS services, fire departments, rescue squads, volunteer groups, and emergency departments across the country. The 48 page guide contains ideas for local EMS Week activities and highlights EMS Week programs held by EMS services during the previous year.
So join us for EMS Week at one of our Open Houses:
Station 64, 3633 Indian Ripple Road, Tuesday May 21 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Station 63, 3100 Kemp Road, Thursday May 23 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Posted on 1.22.2013
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department has proudly provided emergency care for our citizens for over fifty years. This level of dedication to our community continues by providing valuable Heart Saver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training to all of our citizens and businesses, FREE OF CHARGE!
In 2012, we offered over seven classes and trained more than 75 citizens. Our goal is to keep class sizes small and provide more one-on-one attention for students. The class time is spent on both lecture, and more importantly hands-on training to assure students are well trained and comfortable with the skills. Our cadre of instructors has more than fifty years experience teaching CPR and are among the best in the Dayton area.
The Fire Chief, David VandenBos, believes by providing this service to our community we increase our emergency response team by having citizens who are well trained to provide this life saving skill for all of Beavercreek.
There is a small fee required for the American Heart Association (AHA) course materials, but this booklet and the certification card come to less than thirty dollars. This cost is still less than other courses, plus the certification through AHA is valid for two years where others are only valid for one year.
Of course, not everyone needs to certify every two years. However, some employers do mandate employees maintain their CPR certification and we believe AHA provides the best value. Though the average citizen may not need to re-certify every two years, we encourage you do so. Let’s face it, most people don’t provide CPR routinely, and CPR needs to be practiced in order to remain comfortable with these skills.
As mentioned prior, we also provide First Aid training and Healthcare CPR if we have enough demand for them. Both CPR and First Aid classes are scheduled for four hours. Together these classes are eight hours long. Often times we teach it in two sessions in order to meet citizens busy schedules. Further, when providing re-fresher classes for citizens previously trained, class time is reduced.
We should mention that within all CPR classes the use of Automatic Defibrillators (AED) is also covered. Many times we have heard from students these machines can be intimidating. Rest assured, we will make sure you are comfortable with the use of AED’s. Since AED’s were introduced countless lives have been saved. CPR is an intricate part of saving lives when the heart stops working, but coupled with the use of AED’s you can significantly increase a loved one’s chance of surviving.
Our Heart Saver CPR classes are currently offered once a month. Please check our website at www.beavercreekfire.org/CPR to sign up for a class. Once signed up, you will receive an email or phone call regarding the purchase of the book that you will need for the class. If you have any questions please call the Fire Administration Office at 426-1213. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Posted on 3.28.2011
Beavercreek Township Fire Department's website has been updated to included easier navigation, faster uploads, and more publicly available information.