The VPSD recently achieved accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This accreditation places the department in a rare class of only a couple of hundred fire departments world-wide that have earned this honor.
When the VPSD was formed, it consisted of nine paramedic and EMT firefighters and one chief. VPSD worked out of one station (Station #41 next to the Sumter County Annex) and served the community with two EMS vehicles (Ford Explorers) and one fire engine. Just as The Villages has seen explosive growth over the past ten years, your fire department has grown just as quickly to keep pace. During the period from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, was no different. VPSD added to and upgraded our fire and EMS fleet, added staff to provide service to our ever-growing community, and even added a new fire headquarters facility on Morse Boulevard. VPSD continues to be active in teaching community CPR, working with neighborhood AED programs and expanding other areas such as fire prevention and emergency management programs.
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Marion County is replacing the CodeRed program with AlertMarion. This free program is for Marion County residents and will send alerts for hazardous conditions.
After subscribing to AlertMarion, Marion County residents will be alerted to emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Emergency Alert & Notification Program.
This system enables Marion County to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. This information can be sent to the location specified – home, mobile, business, email addresses, text messages and more.
Visit http://www.alertmarion.com/ to sign-up for this program.
For information on Lake County, please visit http://lake.emtel911.com/reg/
For information on Sumter County, please visit http://sumtercountyfl.gov/774/Code-Red-Weather-Warning
The Villages Public Safety Department (VPSD) and Sumter County Fire and EMS (SCFEMS) are partnering to bring PulsePoint Respond. PulsePoint Respond is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. PulsePoint Respond will alert users of a cardiac arrest in a public place. This program is NOT replacing ReadyAlert as it is not designed for residential AED groups.
Users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and are willing to assist in an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest and needs CPR. If the cardiac arrest is in a public place, the application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity (1/4 mile) of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care.
The purpose of the PulsePoint App is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:
• Reducing collapse-to-CPR times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area.
• Reducing collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (AED) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.
Communities and cities across the United States are using PulsePoint Respond. In Florida, currently Orlando and Sunrise are using PulsePoint Respond. Anyone wishing to download the App can do so by visiting www.pulsepoint.org
. To view a coverage map showing the locations of agencies using this system, for additional information or to download the App, please visit www.pulsepoint.org
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