June 2018 Edition of the North Fork Ambulance News
Service Plan Progress
Safe Sitter Class
Crawford Pioneer Days
Greetings and happy summer! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the sunshine and staying cool!

June brought some exciting achievements and events for the North Fork Ambulance. We had a wonderful first Safe Sitter class at Headquarters on June 2nd! The following weekend, the community showed fantastic support for our ambulance service at Crawford Pioneer Days. Remember to stop by our booth at the upcoming Paonia Cherry Days for giveaways, cold water and balloons!
Please visit our new website for all the latest happenings with the North Fork Ambulance!
Service Plan Progress
Public Hearings for the Service Plan

The North Fork Ambulance Association Board has presented a Service Plan for the North Fork Ambulance Health Service District to Delta, Montrose and Gunnison Counties which have held public hearings and formally approved the Service Plan as part of a proactive plan to fund ambulance service in the North Fork Valley, subject to voter approval.

Schedule of hearings:
  • June 19- Gunnison County
  • June 20- Montrose County
  • June 25- Delta County

On the November 2018 ballot, voters in the North Fork Ambulance service area will be asked to approve both the organization of the North Fork Ambulance Health Service District and a mill levy to allow the new District to provide emergency medical services, including to reduce response times to the scene of an emergency, provide responders with a high level of training and replace and upgrade EMS equipment, vehicles and improvements. 

North Fork Ambulance Brings Safe Sitter Certification Class
North Fork Ambulance held it's first Safe Sitter Babysitting Certification Class on Saturday, June 2nd at Headquarters. Instructors, Katie Hedley and Cindy Felix, taught eight local students a range of skills and tips from first aid/rescue to behavior management and resume-building. Cindy Owen, EMT-I, joined us to instruct the CPR portion. The girls enjoyed practicing CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver on our manikins!
Safe Sitter is a national nonprofit organization with over 900 Registered Providers throughout the country. North Fork Ambulance Headquarters is registered as a Teaching Site. Each student that graduates from our class is given a Safe Sitter Certification Card, Student Handbook, and is recognized on the Safe Sitter website.

We are very proud of our first group of girls and look forward to the next class! Our July course will be held on Wednesday, July 18th . Please contact Katie at network@northforkambulance.com for more information or to register a child.

Feeling the Support at Crawford Pioneer Days!
Throughout the day, our booth was filled with kids swinging North Fork Ambulance balloons, parents testing their knowledge with our Quiz Board, and many others cooling off with some shade and a bottle of water.
As expected, the Kiddie Train was a hit! Kids enjoyed waving their flags during the parade and riding through the park afterwards. This year, we updated the stickers along the sides to include some messages of why our ambulance service is vital in the community.

Some examples of the new decals are:
  • It's more about lights and sirens. It's about people.
  • We do whatever is needed whenever it's needed.
  • Serving 1,500 square miles in 3 counties
The mystery of the free-spirited Felicity Freewill and her family's newspaper business was solved at the Crawford Melodrama! Written by EMTs Rick and Kathy Steckel, and performed by North Fork Ambulance crew and members of the Crawford Melodrama Players, this year's melodrama was a hilarious blend of mystery and comedy. Proceeds benefited the North Fork Montessori at Crawford School and the Crawford Community Center. Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful tradition!
Intensive Care Simulations Lab
North Fork Ambulance was fortunate to spend the afternoon with Classic Air Medical and their mobile Intensive Care Simulations Lab in Hotchkiss. Our paramedics, EMTs & Drivers were given different emergency scenarios to practice treating an incredibly life-like manikin. The manikin had a pulse, blood pressure, bowel sounds, and much more. This was a wonderful learning experience! Thank you to Classic Air Medical, Connie Black & the Continuing Education Committee for this fantastic training!

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