Fire Department upgrading response to local emergencies

The Red River Parish Fire District is hosting its very first in-house Emergency Medical Responder course. Over the past nine months Chief John Woodfin, Firefighter Randall Bradley , and Volunteer Firefighter Mary James have been working on getting Red River Parish Fire District approved as an EMS Education program. With the help of Medical Director, Dr. Wyche Coleman, the Red River Parish Fire District has been approved.

Over the next few weeks, firefighters will receive over 50 hours of EMS training. This training will include many topics, from bleeding control to cardiac arrest management, patient assessments, and many other topics.

After this course, our firefighters will receive their Emergency Medical Responder certification through the Louisiana Bureau of EMS, and Basic life support certification through American Heart Association. In addition to EMS training, each firefighter has received over 150 hours of firefighter training since January of this year.

Chief John Woodfin said, “We are committed to our community working every day to make sure we are ready for any emergency call.  After the completion of this 60 hour course, fire department units will go along with EMS on emergency calls in the parish.”

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