Volunteer firefighters complete training course

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Some Texoma Volunteer Firefighters learned how to stop life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency when responding to calls. Wichita Falls West Volunteer Fire Department hosted United Regional Hospital Registered Nurse Laura Pressler was present to walk the volunteers through the Stop the Bleed campaign course. Nurse Pressler said that one of United Regional's Mission is to educate everyday Texans on injury Prevention within the community.

"Tonight we're teaching medical professionals how to stop bleeding. They will get a certification tonight that will allow them to go into their community and teach others how to stop bleeding," said Nurse Pressler.

Ryan Fetzer is the Fire Chief for the Wichita Falls West Volunteer Fire Department.

"Advancing a little bit of our medical training our first responder training we run a lot of medical calls out here along with our fire rescue calls," said Chief Fetzer.

The Wichita Falls West Volunteer Fire Department like most VFD is not as a volunteer as you might think, many of the men and women put in multiple hours a week on top of working a full-time job. Fetzer said those that sign up to become part of any VFD are dedicated, individuals.

"It's not just an organization where you show up when you feel like you want to. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes and it's not just when we get called out or when the pagers go off," said Chief Fetzer.

Stop the Bleed is just one of many courses that Chief Fetzer and his Volunteers go through every year to make sure their life-saving skills are sharp when they are called to respond in their community.

"I may have gone through certain training four or five times maybe even more than that just to make sure they are fresh in our minds so that we know we are going to respond properly when we get that call," said Chief Fetzer.

Protecting the community when there's an emergency is what Fetzer said got him interested in becoming a part of the WFVFD he believes his volunteers feel the same way.

"Type of person all volunteer firefighters are they want to give back to their community a lot of us feel like the community has given back to us throughout our lives we would like to give back we love our communities' we are willing to go that extra effort," said Fetzer.

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