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Twelve complete First Responder Class

Assistant instructor Christopher Foster (left) instructs Sandy and Frank Murphy of the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad on how to administer a splint for a broken arm. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

The recent First Responder Class at the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad (CMVRS) in Urbanna is the initial EMS certification program offered in Virginia. A 40-hour minimum program, it offered much more than basic first aid, but not quite the depth of the 110-plus hour EMT Basic class that several of these students hope to transition to in the fall.

The Urbanna class included some local drivers from the rescue squads in Deltaville and Urbanna, dog handlers from search and rescue teams, one retired Newport News firefighter hoping to do that job for a year in Iraq, and others with a blossoming interest in EMS and are looking forward to membership in Middlesex agencies.

Ellen Vest, a career firefighter/paramedic with the Newport News Fire Department and life member of the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad of Deltaville, served as lead instructor of the class. She began teaching EMT classes in the county in 1986.

Christian Foster is in the process of becoming an EMT instructor and served as an assistant instructor in the class. Kevin Mounts and Michelle Overstreet were the ones who helped with skills sessions where a minimum of one instructor for every six students must be maintained. All three are members and officers in the CMVRS.

Twelve of the original 15 students completed the First Responder Class in Urbanna and are currently in the state-testing process. Six have successfully completed at this point. The students are: Barbara Chandler, Ashley Chandler, Lynne Poland and Lewis Filling of Urbanna; Jim Tinney, Bill Penfield, Sandy Murphy and Frank Murphy from the Deltaville/Hartfield areas; Art Parmann from Gloucester; and the Nelson family, Jennifer, Jeff and son Jeffrey, of Williamsburg/Newport News.

posted 07.01.2009

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