Letters to the Editor12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

Fire Department recruiting

Greetings from the Williston Fire Department! Thanks to the recent recruitment efforts we were able to fill the remaining call staff spots on our roster (a member of the local community that typically responds from their home or work). These people are typical individuals like you and I and they are an integral part of the department.

One of the benefits of being on the department is the quality of training the members are able to receive. Individuals that respond to fire calls (car accidents, fires, etc.) go through a course called Fire Fighter 1. This approximately 200-hour course gives individuals the basic skills they will need to become a firefighter, including being able to safely enter a burning building and extinguish a fire.

On the EMS side, members go through a similar type of training oriented towards taking care of a patient. In the EMT-Basic course, lasting approximately 120 hours, the individual learns skills such as making sure a scene is safe to be at, taking a patient’s blood pressure, pulse, etc., as well as how to treat traumatic injuries. Emergencies can range from a patient who has a small cut on their finger, to a person who has been in a car accident and needs to be put on a backboard, to someone in cardiac arrest needing CPR. Once we stabilize the patient, we await the arrival of an ambulance to transport him or her to the hospital.

The Williston Fire Department is very thankful for the continued support the town and its residents have provided over the years. Without the support of the town the department wouldn’t be able to provide the level of services currently offered as safely and effectively.

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.

The Williston Fire Department


Dining to defeat polio

The Williston Richmond Rotary would like to thank the Texas Roadhouse for an act of great generosity. Prior to their grand opening, they opened their restaurant to members of the community for a fundraising event for Polio Plus. The restaurant fed invited guests a great dinner and all proceeds for drinks and all tips were donated to Polio Plus via our Rotary Club.

All Rotary clubs around the world have a commitment to donate $1,000 a year for three years to raise $100 million in a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $200 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

Thanks to the generosity of John Strout and the Texas Roadhouse, we met our three-year goal. They inspire us to continue our local club’s goal of going beyond our commitment to Rotary International.

Polio Plus is an international Rotary campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this important campaign, or about the other great things Rotary does around the world and here at home, is welcome to visit our club. We meet at the Williston Federated Church on Thursday mornings at 7:15. Breakfast is on us!

Dave Ericson and Dave Mullin

Co-chairmen of the Williston Richmond Rotary Polio Plus Committee