The Curry Coastal Pilot

The Brookings-Harbor area is known for its legion of volunteers and

those who go beyond the call of duty andndash; and that was proven last weekend

when 29 volunteer firefighters graduated from a 6-week, 46-hour

first-responder course (See story on Page 1A).

That means the next time someone in our community is in a desperate

medical emergency and the ambulance hasn't arrived yet, one of these

qualified firefighters can do more than the basic CPR and first aid.

Sounds great to us!

We salute these unpaid volunteers who spent time out of their busy

lives to get the extra training. And we salute Cal-Ore Life Flight for

getting the grant and donating the equipment and instructor that made

it possible.

All of our on-call volunteer firefighters jump out of bed in the middle of the night, or leave work at a moment's notice, to respond to fires, accidents and other emergencies. They leave their families, race to the station to hop in the trucks and head off toward potentially dangerous situations.

Our volunteers go through the same state training as any paid, full-time firefighters andndash; and train almost monthly to keep their skills.

Our communities are indeed fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers andndash; and trained lifesavers andndash; working to make a difference to those of us who live here. Without them, there would be an insufficient level of fire/rescue service in Curry County.

They are definitely role models for children and adults alike.

Thank you, first responders.