Profile from International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, June 2014
The North Lyon County Fire Protection District is a combination department with 25 members in Fernley, NV. During the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, the department focused on collaborating with all area first responders – fire, EMS, law enforcement, and dispatchers – to work together in training that will make the call more efficient as well as safer for the health and well-being of the entire team.
Throughout Safety and Health Week, North Lyon County Fire Protection District held a series of health and safety workshops from 6-7:30pm. Topics included local medical hazards, self defense tactics, and biomechanics of the body. The week ended with an open house barbecue for the community that focused on wildland fire preparation and prevention. The open house and outreach to the community was partially funded through a SAFER grant.
The collaboration does not end with Safety and Health Week. The department will continue to promote wellness programs and training with neighboring agencies throughout the year, as well as encourage participation in professional development at all levels and topics. In addition, the department provides free training in the community, such as CPR courses, to help citizens be more prepared in the case of an emergency.