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Acquired Skills

Aug 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Several years ago my wife fell and cracked her head (hard) on a concrete floor. We live in a small town that is served by a volunteer fire department and they were first to respond to our 911 call. Our chief had served in a fire command role at nearby Ft. Hood, and had superior training in all sorts of emergencies. He was first in the door and quickly sized up the situation. He immediately instructed others to step back while he carefully placed a collar on my wife’s neck … just in case.

Sure enough, the ER medics at the hospital soon discovered that the fall had cracked her #2 vertebrae, which could have resulted in paralysis or worse. But thanks to our local fire chief and the superior training he enjoyed, after two months of treatment my wife returned to a normal life.

I tell this story because towers can be placed in very responsible positions at accident scenes, especially in those rural settings where EMTs are too far away to be of assistance. Yes, depending on the circumstances, the situation can quickly become critical if the injured person is bleeding out, or if a fuel fire is likely, or for a thousand other reasons. Most of us are inclined to do whatever we can to save a life, even though we may not be sufficiently trained to do so, which means we could do more harm than good.

And, that’s my point. Less than 100 miles from me is the fireman’s training school at Texas A&M University. Each year thousands of firemen from across the country are trained so they know what to do and what not to do in emergency situations.

Towers should consider some EMT training, because there is always that call that demands it, and the life you save could be very important to you.