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February 22, 2011

CFR Course in Williamstown has 100% Success Rate

Williamstown- Seventeen students have completed a certified first responder (CFR) course held by Oswego County Emergency Management Office/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department. The students, listed below, have now obtained their New York State Certified First Responder certification.

They include Nicholas Boots, Cleveland; Michael Campbell, Constantia; Jack Carr, Richland; Margaret Carr, Richland; Matthew Frawley, West Monroe; Joni Hinds, Cleveland; Hayley Jones, West Monroe; Kirk Laveck, Orwell; Steven Maitland, Richland; Joseph Matthews, North Bay; Steven Raymo, Williamstown; Ryan Roberts, Vienna; Charles Salladin, Fulton; Herbert Smith, Cleveland; Carl Steele, Lacona; Olin Talbot, Cleveland; and Timothy Walker, Williamstown.

The class ran from September through December 2010. The certified instructor coordinators for the class were Norm Wallis and Lyle Robbins.

The students were taught all of the required basic life support skills, including automated external defibrillator (AED) use, airway maintenance, oxygen therapy, patient assessment, and bleeding control. After their 50+ hour course, the students had to pass a New York State practical skills exam and a written exam.

Most of the students will use their CFR certification at their local fire departments, including Lacona, West Monroe, Richland, Constantia, Orwell, Williamstown and Cleveland. Certified First Responder is the basic level of emergency medical care in New York State, followed by Emergency Medical Technicians from the basic to paramedic level.

"Adding these providers into Oswego County's EMS system is crucial for rural areas, where ambulance response times are lengthier," said Jim Jones, Oswego County EMS Coordinator. "The certified first responders that arrive with a fire department's rescue truck are often the first responders to help the patient."

EMS courses are currently being planned and held in Oswego County. Interested people should go online to oswegocounty.com/ems, or contact Oswego County EMS at 591-9110 for information on course offerings.

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