Did YOU know what to do?
Have you ever wanted to help your family and friends in community and surrounding area?
Have you ever thought about being a First Responder?
If you answered "YES" to any of the about questions... Look no further, here we will you all you need to know about what a First Responder is, what they do and how to become one in your area!
What is a First Responder?
A First Responder is someone who is trained with knowledge and skills to respond to situations that arise in you community. When and ambulance is called, sometimes it may take some extra time to get to your community, depending on distance, weather, etc., so First Responders are called to respond to attend to patients while the ambulance is responding.
First Responders also help ambulance personnel when needed, for example... during car accidents or multiple incidents. If an ambulance is NOT located in your community or nearby, First Responders are paramount in ensuring help is nearby.
Who can become a First Responder?4
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, and has a current CPR certification within one year of taking the course. Also, becoming a First Responder is a volunteer service, so individuals who want to, must be willing to volunteer their time.
How much does the First Responder course cost:
How long is the course?
- Tuition: Non VFD members $175.00 (NO charge for VFD members)
- Book / Workbook: $80.00 to $100.00
- Current American Heart Association CPR Certification
- Immunization records to include:
- Tetanus Shot
- TB Testing
- MMR Immunization
- Hepatitis B series (need to have at least first shot or sign waiver)
- Physician provided physical
- Classroom hours: Minimum of 40
Where is the First Responder Course Held?
TBA * Location of First Responder Course changes from year to year.
What do you need to maintain the CERTIFICATION?
Every four (4) years, your individual certification expires with the Texas Department of State Health Services and you need to acquire CE credits (continuing education credits) to re-certify your license. Woden VFD uses a program called eGenesis: Simple Continuing Education.
How do you acquire the equipment?
Equipment will be issued by Woden VFD upon successful completion of the state test and with possession of the state certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
What knowledge will I have once I have completed the course?
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- Communicable Diseases
- Patient Assessment
- Vital Signs (pulse, blood pressure, respiration)
- Oxygen Therapy
- Medical Emergencies (assessment, treatment, sign/symptoms)
- Burn Care
- Environmental Emergencies
- Pediatric Emergencies
- Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries
- Trauma Emergencies (head, spinal, bleeding, shock)
- Bandaging and Splinting
- Spinal Immobilization
Chief Rickey Jones receiving grant from Burl Gruetzner and Jeff Jacks with the Enbridge Energy Company of Houston, Texas.
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STATION 1 - 200 CR 412
STATION 2 - 6257 FM 2259
PO Box 194
Woden, TX 75978
Phone: (936) 564-4881
Woden Fire Department