Congratulations to Center VFD's 2015 Firefighter of the Year

Rusty Benson won Center Fire Department Firefighter of the Year.

Doug Shaffer was awarded First Responder of the year.

Jerry Ratledge was awarded Hall of Fame for the station and also won the honor for Davie County.

Congratulations to Jerry Webb!

Congratulations to Jerry Webb on being presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Representative Julia Howard.  This prestigious award was given in recognition of Jerry's over forty years of active volunteer fire service.  This award is normally reserved for select state residents who go above and beyond in the service to their communities.


Congratulations to Center VFD's 2014 Firefighter of the Year

P.J. Barney won Center Fire Department Firefighter of the Year.

Blake Nichols was awarded First Responder of the year.

Norman Forrest was awarded Hall of Fame for the station and also won the honor for Davie County.

Changes at Davie County's Emergency Medical Services.

Davie County EMS is leading an effort to change the way that CPR is performed to enhance patient survival. This will mean that CPR calls will look different than we have seen in years past. These changes are driven by an astonishing climb in survival rates in areas that have adopted what is being referred to as "pit crew", "megacode", or "team-concept" CPR.

In the past EMS was dispatched along with rescue squad and fire department first responders to CPR calls. The patient was loaded up into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital with responders compressing the chest, providing ventilations, and starting IV's in the back of a truck that was bouncing and shifting at high rates of speed. Based on current research this provided less than ideal patient outcomes as CPR quality suffered due to the movement and it was frequently interrupted.

Recent studies have pointed to early activation of emergency medical services, good quality CPR that is started as quickly as possible after arrest, early use of AED's (Automated External Defibrillators), and early access to advanced care as the key elements to CPR saves.

Should a person have a cardiac event where the heart ceases to beat they will probably now have CPR performed in the area of arrest until a heartbeat returns or until 30 minutes have passed. During this time citizens can expect to see first responders performing CPR while Davie EMS administers drugs and monitors the heart. CPR is constantly being monitored, coached, and new fresh responders are rotated into performing compressions. This increases the patient's chances of survival markedly as compressions are generally performed continuously unless pauses are called for by the AED.

Hands-only CPR is now being called for by 911 dispatchers and instructions are given over the phone to get compressions started early. The earlier the better for the patient.

Should the patient have a return of spontaneous circulation (heartbeat returns) they will then be loaded and taken to the hospital.

Should the patient not have a pulse at 30 minutes after the onset of CPR by a healthcare provider, efforts will in most cases cease. Chances of any sort of a return after this point are extremely slim. Family members and Davie EMS will coordinate patient transport from his point.

The general concept behind this radical shift in the application of CPR can be explained further by reading an article on by clicking
here. In this area we have already seen an uptick in the number of patients that have had a return of spontaneous circulation.

In other medical news at Center VFD we have now placed an AED on nearly every truck in our fleet and are soon to be participating in the Davie EMS roll-out of a new line of expanded scope drugs. Our EMT-B's will (over time) be trained and qualified to administer epinephrine (used for allergic reactions commonly attributed to bee stings), Benadryl (antihistamine, blocks body's response to allergens), Narcan (antidote for respiratory arrest due to narcotics), and Aspirin (used to lower incidence of damage in heart attacks).
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What's the story on the red trucks?

Center Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a 1996 E-One Cyclone custom-cab truck from Radnor Fire Company of Pennsylvania. We know - it isn't white and looks a little out of place!

This truck will greatly increase our capabilities and enhance our safety, particularly when responding to incidents on Interstate 40. This will eliminate the need for firefighters from our station to respond to accidents on the interstate in smaller, less robust vehicles as it can carry as many as six firefighters. This truck is known as 1302.

This was a purchase spurred by the total loss of a quick response vehicle on I-40 in April of 2012 (WGHP8 TV Video here) that resulted in the injury of two of our firefighters. Our vehicle was stopped in traffic momentarily while attempting to respond to a minor collision when it was struck in the rear by a loaded transfer truck moving at highway speed, subsequently rolling twice. That incident represents the third time in four years that Center VFD equipment has been struck on I-40.

On delivery of the truck formerly known as Radnor Engine 15-3, the department pursued a refurbishment that included updating the lighting package to more efficient LEDs, adding a large traffic board to better control traffic, and a light tower. This truck is now in service.

Also in response to the I-40 accident the station has purchased a Chevrolet Suburban to fulfill the roll that the previously totaled Ford F-350 performed. It is utilized to respond to medical calls that are off of I-40 and as a general utility vehicle.