I had the pleasure of meeting two local first responders on the afternoon of Jan. 10, Erik Milton and Nick Friesen. Thank you both for letting me come over to visit and ask questions about the upcoming EMT class that will be offered at Sequoia Safety Council in February. 

For those who don't know, my husband David once worked for Sequoia Safety Council before he moved to work with Cal Fire. 

I can say with certainty that  first responders have demanding careers.

It definitely takes a special kind of person to do that kind of work on a daily basis.

I am going to give everyone a couple examples of when I was able to see first hand how quickly first responders need to asses a patient and jump into action. I was left pretty surprised actually, both incidents involved my husband.  

One afternoon when we both had a day off, we decided to take a trip to Fresno. We figured it would be faster to take the country roads and began driving north on McCall toward Herndon. 

Just by chance we drove up to an accident that had just occurred. A woman with a cycling team fell and hit her head, as we drove up she was laying in the road as her team mates surrounded her, all looked visibly shaken.   

First responders had not arrived and my husband immediately pulled the car over. "I need to go help her," he said. 

He exited our car and ran over to the woman. Immediately the husband Dave who was in the car with me went into work mode and became first responder Dave. 

"How are you doing? I am a paramedic, I can help you," he told the woman.

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