CACHE, Okla._Nearly a year of hard work and training has paid off for the Cache Volunteer Fire Department, and they have now been state certified as a first response agency.
They're now able to provide service at the same level as paramedics. Getting certified took of a lot of work, from hours of medical training to rigorous state board exams. The department also had to file extensive paperwork with the Oklahoma state board, all in addition to obtaining a medical director for oversight.
The hard work is worth it for Cache Fire Chief Dale Winham, who encourages other volunteer departments to get certified and improve their ability to serve.
"This is going to enhance our response tremendously. Sometimes the ambulance isn't around, they're very busy, and this allows us to use our skills to provide medications and such as needed to hopefully save lives," said Chief Winham.
The certification lasts one year, at which point the department will have to re-certify.