Black and White Days has just wrapped up in Richmond, but the city is inviting local residents back later this week for a community event to celebrate EMS week. Thursday evening, May 24th, at 7 p.m. in Richmond City Park you can meet members of the Richmond Fire Department, Cache County Sheriff’s Office and Logan City Dispatch.
Earlier this month, Katie Wallentine of Richmond Fire was on KVNU’s For the People program to tell us about the event.
“Our inspiration for this is we want to be able to provide for our community and make sure that they have all the possible information they can to make their homes safer, to make themselves safer when they’re doing family activities or camping or boating and things like that. And just to let them know that we’re out there and that we’re the ones that respond when they make that 9-1-1 phone call,” she explained.
Wallentine says the EMT service has improved greatly in Richmond over the last 15-plus years.
“The department here in Richmond has only had EMS since about 1991, when we officially started having EMT’s on our department. During that course of time we’ve been able to really promote how important it is to be able to call 9-1-1 and give them the information that they need and they request.
“Forty years ago this option wasn’t available the only way they could get there would be by an ambulance that they may have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for and then it was an emergency room only.”
There will be booths, games, make and take crafts and food for purchase. Richmond Fire Department is a volunteer department made up of 14 current members. You can follow them and get more information on their Facebook page: Richmond Fire and EMS.