Not only does the Woodside Fire Protection District do yeoman’s work keeping us safe in case of fires and other emergencies, but it also provides a variety of training programs.
We previously described the Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Progam (CERPP), a “neighbor to neighbor” program to help respond to natural disasters here. We urge you to read that article and get involved. However, we want to point out that the District also regularly provides First Aid and CPR classes certified by the American Heart Association.
First Aid classes will be taught on June 26th and September 25th. Topics covered include assessing injuries, wound and injury care, controlling bleeding, care for burns, and medical emergencies such as poisoning, strokes, and heart attacks. The class begins at 9 am and runs for five hours.
CPR classes are scheduled for May 15th, July 17th, August 21st, October 23rd, and November 20th. This class also begins at 9 am and runs until 3 pm. It covers disease risks, how the heart and lungs function, signs of a heart attack, and “actions for survival.” Skills learned include CPR for adults, children, and infants, how to clear airways, and how to operate Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).
Classes are held at Station 19, 4091 Jefferson Avenue in the Emerald Lakes area of Redwood City. Both the First Aid and CPR class require pre-registration. The form to pre-register is available on-line. It can be dropped off at Woodside Fire’s office at 3111 Woodside Rd. For more information, you may contact Pamela Van Horn at 650-851-1594 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also applaud the Districts user friendly website which is chucked full of useful information. Those with young’uns should check out their links to Sparky the Fire Dog, United States Fire Administration Kids Page, Kids RiskWatch, FirePals, and Woodsy Owl. Another great, potentially life-saving service is car seat inspection for infants. For more information, call Captain Firefighter/Paramedic Jerry Nave at 650-851-1594. Additionally, you may contact the District’s Public Education Officer Selena Brown at 650-423-1406 for information on kitchen safety, fire extinguishers, and senior falls prevention.
So a big Hooves-ray for our truly excellent Fire Protection District. COWs really do appreciate your hard work.