Chief's Corner - Chief Larry Gaspar, OFE
These past few months have been "interesting", at best. COVID-19 and the potential for civil unrest have both caused our fire department personnel to "think outside the box". Acquiring personal protective equipment, reconfiguring our 3rd squad for COVID transports, and adopting new protocols have kept us busy.
During the summer months, our ambulance responds on a lot of trauma calls and motor vehicle accidents. Be sure to sure to get plenty of fluids, and pay attention to weather service alerts for heat advisories and storms. Knowing the signs of heart attack and stroke are critically essential in getting the ambulance to your location, so we can begin definitive care in the squad, and get you to the appropriate hospital.
Our community CPR/AED training program, coupled with your downloading the new Pulsepoint Respond App will help save lives in Geauga County. We have instructors trained in the national Stop The Bleed program, as well as Heartsaver First Aid/CPR. Our fire prevention bureau provides free home safety assessments, as well as residential knox boxes for easy firefighter access.
You can interact with us on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed (@chardonfire), or via this website. We often tweet out alerts, fire calls, and public service announcements, and you can listen to us on the Broadcastify website link at the top of the page. The Pulsepoint app also has an audio feed and listing of Geauga County calls. Feel free to call my office at any time to discuss department matters at 440-285-4665. And be sure to friend us on Facebook.
-Chief Larry Gaspar, OFE
Chardon Fire Department, Ohio