Feb 23, 2009 Tami S. Zimmerman Uncategorized
Each winter, Alison Carroll assists in ski patrol at Song Mountain, yet her desire to volunteer doesn’t stop there. She recently joined the Fayetteville Fire Department in January 2008 after becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) just months before. She works in retail full-time and has plans to return to school eventually. Her time is precious — and packed. In her own words, Carroll explains how and why she chooses to give back to her community.
What attracted you to become a volunteer for the FFD?
I wanted to become involved in some type of community service and was interested in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
How much of time is involved in being an EMT? What are some ways you juggle your personal life with your community involvement?
The volunteers each have one duty night per week, with each night made up of a two-person crew. The duty shift begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. the following morning. I usually try to keep many of my nights free so that I am able to cover when there are open shifts.
What’s rewarding about being a volunteer?
Before I became an EMT and was able to watch paramedics in action, I had no idea the amount of time EMS members put into training in order to provide quality patient care during emergencies. So, it’s nice to see that time spent training is worth it. I enjoy helping people out in any way, so I have fun doing this.
As an EMT, has any one incident made a deep impression on you?
Although I am a relatively new EMT, it seems on every call I’ve done, there is a moment that makes me realize that everyone working in EMS is appreciated by the patients and their families — whether it’s spoken or not. I think people are always thankful for the service that EMS members provide during what can be a scary and stressful time, which to me is a big reason I like doing it.
What advice do you have for men and women who may be thinking of becoming an FFD volunteer?
The department is always looking for more EMS and firefighter volunteers. If someone thinks they may want to volunteer in any way, there is always someone at the station who would be willing to answer any questions about volunteer positions.
The career staff and volunteers are all so helpful and are always challenging others to be better EMS providers and firefighters. The goal is to be able to provide the best possible services to the community that we can through training and membership. The FFD is fortunate to have experienced career staff and long-time volunteer members who are very knowledgeable.
Being a member of the FFD is a great way to become involved in the community. It’s also a lot of fun.
Feb. 28: Manlius and Fayetteville table campaign will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nice & Easy.
March 7: The Manlius table campaign will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Manlius P&C on West Seneca Street.
March 7: The Fayetteville table campaign will be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fayetteville P&C at Towne Center.
March 8: The Manlius and Fayetteville table campaign will be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the East Area YMCA.