“Medicine’s front line”

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is offering local citizens a chance to learn more about their fire department.

CKFR firefighters/EMTs will be at Kitsap Mall answering questions, conducting free blood pressure checks and giving tours of an ambulance from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday, May 19 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The ambulance will be parked in the north end of the mall, allowing for tours, rain or shine.

For many, the event serves as an opportunity to learn more about the fire department and its role in the community.

“We want the public to know that Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue provides many services,” said CKFR Battalion Chief Jay Lovato. “It’s good for people to understand we have EMTs and paramedics. We provide both basic life support and advanced life support.”

It’s also an ideal time for citizens to ask any questions they may have, including any inquiries regarding their blood pressure.

Although CKFR offers blood pressure checks at its fire stations, the event will serve as another opportunity for citizens.

“This is another location, making it convenient for people,” Lovato said. “It allows us to talk with them about other issues. We’re going to use it as an opportunity to engage people.”

The event also helps to spread awareness of the nationally celebrated EMS Week, May 14-20.

“EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s front line,” said Theresa MacLennan, CKFR’s public educator.

Currently, there is a static display in the mall featuring equipment used by CKFR’s firefighter/EMTs, a response map and pictures.

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