October was a busy month with the annual Pork Barbeque and the 2nd annual Auxiliary Crafts Sale. We appreciate the financial and moral support from the community for these fund-raisers, and the time and effort of our volunteers, staff, and paid professionals.
Once again, our partners at Orange County Emergency Services requested Parkwood EMS assistance for the annual Homegrown Halloween festivities in Chapel Hill. PVFD provided a mobile medical Gator vehicle and a team of volunteer EMS personnel. Working along with Chapel Hill Fire Department, Orange County Emergency Services, South Orange Rescue Squad, Raleigh Fire Department, Orange Rural Fire Department, Chapel Hill Police, Orange County Sheriffs Deputies, NC State Troopers, and others was a great experience. With an estimated 30,000 revelers in attendance, the teams treated over 15 patients and transported several to UNC hospital.
The Honor Guard participated in Jaycee Burn Survivors Reunion at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It was an emotional and memorable experience where survivors of burn related injuries were able to tell their stories and thank those who supported them in their recovery, including firefighters and medical staff. The annual gathering allows survivors and their families to network and discover resources that are available to them, including programs to help them overcome pain and suffering. We met a burn survivor who was only 2 when he was saved by a Parkwood Firefighter over 40 years ago on Euclid Rd - he wanted to share his story with us and we invited him to come by the station. We also met a 100 year old burn survivor who advised everyone to "just be kind" when supporting each other.
There has been a lot in the news about problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. There is also some good news. According to Consumer Reports, under the new health insurance policies, colorectal screening tests will be available at no cost. Doctors recommend regular screenings for colorectal cancer for healthy adults ages 50 to 75. According to a recent survey, about a third of U.S. adults ages 50 to 75 have never been screened for colon cancer or are not up to date. More than half of those people had no health insurance.
Working for You -- October 2013
Be safe and stay healthy - Chief William L. Colley, Jr.
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