West Virginia News

Monday, April 22, 2024

State lawmakers get behind $10 million request to fund programs for EMTs

The West Virginia EMS Coalition are going to request $10 million in the anticipated May special legislative session for what they describe as needed programs. The legislature’s Joint Committee on Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services talked about the funding last week at the state capitol. The funding would offer mental health and training resources, leadership and management classes, and opportunities to apply for a state grant for an EMT to earn an emergency medical service certification, supporters said. State Office of Emergency Services Executive Director Jody Ratliff said he believes the request is right in line with what is needed in the state. “From an office standpoint, I have a job to do, but from a paramedic standpoint, in this state, I stand by their legislation,” Ratliff said. “I think what they’re presenting is perfect for what EMS needs across the state.”
WV Metro News

Friday, April 19, 2024

Two Point Pleasant volunteer firefighters injured during brush fire released from hospital

Two Point Pleasant volunteer firefighters responded to a brush fire call on Wednesday when the weather got the best of them. “As yesterday’s weather was very, very windy -- during them fighting the fire, the wind direction changed and when it did it blew right on to a couple of the guys. They did not sustain burns, but they both had medical emergencies due to the change of direction of the wind,” Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant said. Bryant said two of his firefighters suffered minor injuries responding to that brush fire and were sent to the hospital, but then released later Wednesday night. He said it’s always a scary situation when one of your own experiences any type of medical issue while on call -- but he is just glad they are going to be OK.
WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington

‘Narcan’ distributed in Monongalia County as part of Free Naloxone Day

On Thursday, the Monongalia County Health Department’s (MCHD) Quick Response team spent the day giving out “Narcan” at several populous places around the area, including West Virginia University. The distribution was part of the larger-scale “Free Naloxone Day,” an event held by the team twice a year to distribute boxes of Narcan and teach people how to use it. “Narcan is really important for students because students are often using recreational drugs,” Quick Response Team Coordinator Brittany Irick said. “So, we want to educate students and give them Narcan to let them know to be mindful of these recreational drugs or other substances that they’re taking—that they might be laced with fentanyl.”
WBOY-TV NBC/ABC 12 Clarksburg

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