The 4,119 calls answered included:
- 2,196 medical calls
- 254 cardiac calls
- 646 trauma calls
- 400 fire department assists.
- 475 motor vehicle accidents
- 67 overdoses, half of which were opiate-related
- 81 community event standbys.
CFARS’s 93 volunteers volunteered a total of 23,000 on-shift hours.
“To say that we need more volunteers is an understatement,” said CFARS Chief Frank Setnicky. “With more residences and hotels being built, greater highway traffic volumes, and an aging population, we expect this trend to continue.”
No experience is necessary. CFARS teaches the EMT course at its own training facility, with a new session starting June 24. The course is free for CFARS volunteers. Prior to completing the course, volunteers can learn first aid and CPR, after which they can assist EMTs.
From the sense of purpose that comes from helping your neighbors, to the adrenaline rush of responding to an emergency, to the life-long friendships that feel like family, there are many rewards for those who volunteer.
“If you’re interested in the Squad, but not quite sure if it’s for you, sign up for our ride-along program,” Setnicky said. “You’ll see first hand why we love what we do.”
To learn more or inquire about joining or a ride-along, please visit www.joinclintonems.com. Click on “Contact Us & Apply.”