Emergency training offers Eudora much needed service
In some ways, Eudora is still a community that demands direct action of its residents. Professional staff is not available to provide all services the city's residents require, especially in time of emergency.
The Eudora and Eudora Township fire departments are dependent on volunteers, as is Eudora EMS. Next month, residents can prepare themselves to provide critical aid to the community when it is most needed. Douglas County Emergency Management will provide Community Emergency Response Team training in Eudora Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting next month and continuing through February 2005.
The training will include hands-on exercises in a smorgasbord of emergency response situations meant to teach the participants such things as how to deal with small fires, basic first aid and elemental search and rescue. It will conclude with an exercise that will have students "handing off" an emergency situation to professionals.
The training would obviously benefit any parent, but it would also make any participant who completes the program a valuable asset to the community. As Douglas County Emergency Management citizen corp coordinator William Brubaker noted, emergency response resources are less plentiful in smaller cities and towns.
The program is a good first step in addressing that need. We would encourage Eudora residents to enroll in the program with the hope many would follow up the training by volunteering in one of the city's volunteer emergency services.