“As far as what’s going to happen with Halifax rescue, I’m not really sure,” Ross Barnett said.
The rules were recently changed in the district so that firefighters with CPR and first aid training will be able to respond to calls, which Barnett said was not the case before. “The fire department would not give a real good indication on whether or not they are willing to do that, but we are going to hold the class and go from there,” Barnett said.
Barnett mentioned the possibility of working with Whitingham’s first responder team, but he said he is worried about using that option. He said Whitingham does not have many of its own first responders and that they would be “spread too thin” if they were required to cover Halifax as well. Since Whitingham is a separate district from Halifax, Whitingham first responders would also need to be approved to respond to calls in Halifax.
Firefighters will be offered a CPR class before mid-September. The class will also be open to the public. When the exact date is known it will be posted to the Halifax website. Once firefighters are certified, they will be able to answer calls and provide services “in the scope of what they learned (in the training),” Barnett said.