At the age of 16 I started my emergency service career as a volunteer firefighter. I received my turnout gear and a radio pager which was to alert me when there was an emergency. About a week later the pager went off for the first time and I went rushing to the station to get into the rescue truck.
The month of February is a special time of year. It is a month filled with Valentine greetings, expressions of love, and heart shaped boxed chocolates. The month of February is also (appropriately) American Heart Month!
I’m constantly dragging my kids into my Training Site. Most of the time just to pickup or drop off some paperwork, but during the occasion snow delay they can often be found hanging out in my conference room drawing, reading, or playing Minecraft. So I wasn’t exactly surprised when I once caught my then five year old pretending his stuffed Curious George was performing CPR on another stuffed animal.
If you're a parent, learning skills to save a life is one of the most important things you can do for your family and your friends. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a life threatening emergency and what to do before someone with professional training arrives can certain make the difference between life and death for that person experiencing an emergency.