The Beech Grove Fire Department is looking for volunteers, and they have also announced that they plan to establish an emergency medical First Responder program.

Beech Grove Fire Chief Jamie Gunter says you can learn more about being a firefighter, an emergency medical first responder, or assisting them in other roles by attending an information meeting which is planned for Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bobby Joe Hadnot Connection Center (the old VFW Hall) on Farm to Market Road 2799.

Gunter said that attendees will hear from four people who are associated with two local ambulance companies, Jasper Memorial Hospital, and Rayburn First Responders. They are:

Gary Midkiff - A 22-year veteran of Emergency Medical Services and currently an Operations Supervisor with Acadian EMS

Justin Cude - A veteran of Emergency Medical Services and currently an Operations Supervisor with Allegiance Mobile Health

Debra Harris - Trauma Coordinator with Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital and Jasper Hospital District Board Member

Ed O’Brien - Jasper County Emergency Services District #4 Board Member and founding member of the Lake Rayburn First Responder Organization

The following information was released by Beech Grove Fire Chief Jamie Gunter:

Do you want to give back to your community by volunteering to become a firefighter or an emergency medical responder and having the ability to provide basic medical care during an emergency? Are you willing to volunteer to be part of an organization that does? Emergency Medical Responders provide basic medical care as an intermediary between a 911 reported medical emergency and the arrival of Emergency Medical Services.

The Beech Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a community wide meeting on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 6pm at the Bobby Joe Hadnot Connection Center located at 7466 FM 2799. The purpose of this meeting is to gauge the interest of the Beech Grove Community with the establishment of an Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) program.

Details regarding the potential establishment of this type of program will be presented at this meeting. The following will be in attendance to present and/or answer any questions regarding this type of program, or any other Emergency Medical Service response question you may have.

Gary Midkiff, a 22-year veteran of Emergency Medical Services and currently an Operations Supervisor with Acadian EMS

Justin Cude, a veteran of Emergency Medical Services and currently an Operations Supervisor with Allegiance Mobile Health

Debra Harris, Trauma Coordinator with Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital and Jasper Hospital District Board Member

Ed O’Brien, Jasper County Emergency Services District #4 Board Member and founding member of the Lake Rayburn First Responder Organization

James Gunter, veteran firefighter and current Chief of the Beech Grove VFD

An established Emergency Medical Responder Program takes volunteers to respond and can only be successful if people in this community are willing to volunteer their time to be trained and to respond. If you have a desire to be involved, to be part of the SOLUTION, please attend. If you just have questions or want more information, please attend.

It takes volunteers to run a volunteer organization. The Beech Grove Volunteer Fire Department always has openings for people living in our community who are interested in volunteering. Hope to see you there.

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