standing Charlestown Ambulance vehicles

Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service vehicles. Courtesy Charlestown Rescue Ambulance Service

Westerly Hospital and the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service will host events this month to highlight the role of first responders in the community.

The events will be held May 18 in Westerly and May 25 in Charlestown as part of national EMS Week celebrations.

"It's our way of opening up to the community and sharing with them what it is we do," said Andrew Kettle, chief of the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service. Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet first responders and medical personnel in a non-emergency setting, and the service, in turn, will have the chance to recruit new volunteers.

Both events will include a touch-a-truck and other activities for children, free blood pressure screenings, stop-the-bleed training, facility tours and more. Local police, fire and EMS personnel will be on hand at both events.

The Westerly event will also offer an opportunity for free CPR training, but registration is required and space is limited. To register, call 860-442-0711, ext. 2493.

First Responders Day at Westerly Hospital, 25 Wells St., will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 18.

Charlestown Ambulance personnel will host the open house on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their  headquarters, 4891 Old Post Road.

For more information on the Westerly Hospital event, visit their website at  westerlyhospital.org. For more on the Charlestown open house, visit them ion Facebook at facebook.com/charlestownrescue/.

— Jason Vallee

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