My department is still known for things that happened 20 years ago. Not good things such as running out of fuel on the way to the scene and showing without water. There were times when no one knew how to run the pump.
This is not my department now. But it is still how we are thought of. I have been tring to shake this image and it's hard. No matter how many homes we save folks just remember the bad stuff from years ago.
Well the last board meeting I brought cpr training free to the public. We have certified cpr instuctors on the department and they say they can bring more if need be. My community is happy we have already got 30 signed up and have not even started to advertise. The chief says we can buy the books and library them. I am hoping to have a first aid class later in the winter. So I am thinking of making it a yearly event with cpr and alternating it with first aid. It is open to everyone not just are area of response. The firefighters are going to put on a fire extinguisher training. I hope this helps heal are black eye. I hope to be proactive with the community.
I still get mad at my department at times and have felt like giving it up. But I can't change things if I give up. After all it's my home and family that counts on my department.
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