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Fire, ambulance reports for January 17

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commissioners heard weekly reports from the fire and emergency services on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported that the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes scheduled on Jan. 28 were full. He said that he is looking at additional classes and asks that anyone interested please call in to get on the list.

Hegwald reminded the commissioner s that he was short one fire board member from Commission District No. 2. The position if for a person who is not a firefighter.

Hegwald said that there were seven incidents the past week making the yearly total 19. The calls were two brush or brush-and-grass fire mixture, two medical assists, one motor vehicle accident with injuries, one authorized controlled burning and one grass fire.

American Medical Response (AMR) representative Jeff Boyd, told the commissioners that last week was sort of a slow week with 20 calls and 13 transports from Monday to Monday. He said that he knew that AMR had had at least one or two helicopter requests, one was related to the vehicle accident.

Boyd reported that AMR had two people going through the AMR academy starting next week that are going to be full-time emergency medical technicians (EMT). He said that for awhile AMR had two EMT positions vacant. One of them is a resident of Mound City who just got her EMT certification.

Boyd explained that the academy was like any new employee going through the human resources (HR) process, safety stuff, an emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC), protocol and protocol tests for about a week. He said then they come here and they have to spend 96 hours in a truck with the field training officer then they will decided if they are ready to go on their own.

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