Myrtle’s Volunteer Fire Department will soon be able to act as a first responder in emergency situations after the town’s Board of Aldermen approved funding for their medical supplies.
Fire Chief Walter Christie spoke to the Aldermen during their monthly meeting last Thursday, August 5, requesting $1,500 for medical bags. Each of the eight members in the department will have their own bag and use their vehicles to arrive at the scene and provide basic life support for not only fires, but also for vehicle wrecks and any other emergency.
“The idea is, the faster we can get to you, the quicker you can get help,” Christie said. “Most major cities have already had this service, and it’s just come to us. We would like to start working in conjunction with Baptist Memorial to provide this service, and hopefully we can save some lives.”
The Union County Board of Supervisors already approved for this service to be used throughout the county, and now with the Aldermen’s approval, Myrtle can purchase the supplies. Christie spoke of the importance of the emergency response program, as Union County has three ambulances in use, but may not always be available immediately.
“We have two ambulances running in Union County, and if they are both out, there is a third one that can be dispatched, but it does take time to get them enroute,” he explained. We’re hoping that this service will get someone to you quickly and that we can stabilize you until the ambulance arrives and can get you to the hospital.”
The fire department will also start installing smoke detectors in low income and elderly homes beginning this month. Christie said they have already purchased 100 smoke alarms and will buy another 100 to be installed.
“It’s in our efforts to supply everyone with smoke detectors. We’re trying to put two units in every home that doesn’t have them,” he said.
Members of the department will install the alarms, and residents in need of the service are asked to contact Christie at the fire department in order to be added to the list.
“These guys have gone to school and are certified to put these in,” he said. “There are certain places they have to be placed and paper work to be filled out, but it’s a free service. All you have to do is let us know when to come over and put them in.”
Christie can be reached at the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department at 316-2075.