10/18/2013 6:40 PM
by Rebecca Turco
COAL CITY - Two volunteer fire departments in Raleigh County are scheduled to start responding to medical calls in their fire response area.
Coal City and Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Departments will be able to perform first aid until the ambulances arrive as part of their first responder program. The 9-1-1 Center will do a test trial with these departments next month to see if the program works. If it is successful, they will be the first volunteer fire departments in the county to offer a rescue component.
Zach Honaker, chief of the Coal City Volunteer Fire Department, said the hope is to expand the program to other departments in the county because every life counts. “We want to have the potential to save one life,” he explained. “If we save one life in a year, it's worth what we're trying to do.”
The department's trucks will each have a first aid bag. Firefighters said their first responder program might not have been possible without the fire levy.