Snohomish County Fire District 1 is observing Emergency Medical Services Week with an open house for the public on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fire Station 17, 275 6th Ave. N., in nearby Edmonds.
More than 80 percent of the 911 calls that Fire District 1 responds to are medical emergencies. All Fire District 1 firefighters are certified as either emergency medical technicians or paramedics and respond to medical calls as well as fires and other emergencies.
The May 21 open house will showcase the lifesaving services firefighters provide in the community every day. Activities include:
· Teddy Bear Clinic: Children are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to be a “patient” and receive emergency care from firefighters in the medic unit.
· CPR To Go: Learn hands-only CPR from firefighters in just 10 minutes.
· Safe and Healthy Aging: Play Remember When trivia. Pick up a File of Life and free night light (while supplies last). Firefighters will provide free blood pressure checks and share tips to help older adults stay healthy and independent.
· Dress like a firefighter: Kids don mini-sized bunker gear and learn how the real stuff protects firefighters from heat and flames.
· Wheel of Safety: Spin the Wheel and answer an injury prevention question to win a prize
· Count Me In When Disaster Strikes: Will you be ready when an earthquake or other disaster strikes? Learn from experts how you can prepare yourself, your family and your neighborhood.
As the county’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services, Fire District 1 provides around-the-clock staffing at 12 fire stations to serve nearly 200,000 residents unincorporated communities, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.
Fire District 1’s emergency medical service program has received three national awards for excellence and innovation in the past three years. The district also was honored for having the county’s highest cardiac arrest save rate.