Boothbay Region Ambulance Service

Ambulance service sponsors community health event

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:00am

The Boothbay Region Ambulance Service is holding its first Community Health Day. On Saturday, Aug. 8, the BRAS will host a blood drive, child car seat inspection, and a driving education class for seniors.

The Community Health Day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The event takes place in the Boothbay Town Office’s parking lot and the adjoining ambulance service’s building.

The event was devised by Boothbay Region Ambulance Service’s employee Robyn Ham, who is the event’s chairman, and Operations Manager Scott Lash. The BRAS has sponsored several local blood drives in the past, but this year, the organizers wanted to add health and safety offerings.

“The blood drives usually draw a good crowd, so we thought it would be a good time to add additional events and benefit more people,” Ham said.

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy will inspect and install child car seats. Those who have their car seats installed or inspected will receive National Child Passenger Safety Certification, according to Ham. Those participating will also be entered in a raffle.

Participants will also be informed about seat belts’ importance. Rick Tarr of Atlantic Partners EMS (Emergency Medical Services) will demonstrate his “seat belt convincer” to show the benefit of using the device.

An AAA (American Automobile Association) New England representative will provide a short presentation on safe driving practices for elders.

The BRAS will provide a tour of its ambulance fleet. The service is also making reflective house numbers for distribution. For a $15 donation, guests can purchase a reflective house number sign for their home. The signs reflect ambulances’ headlights making it easier for the emergency medical personnel to identify a person’s home at night.