The North Fork Ambulance Association (NFAA) had a great event at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss last weekend. They had numerous vendors with original gifts and good food to eat.
Kathy Steckel, NFAA director, said a few hundred attended the event and 150 had lunch.
It's the first time the association has sponsored the event. They also used the opportunity to promote the ambulance association. They signed up three new members for ambulance service, plus about 10 people expressed interest in learning more about becoming a driver or an EMT.
Roger Johnson, an EMT, said, "It's always a good idea to start out as a driver first." Everyone who serves on the crew needs to be able to drive the ambulance. Driving the ambulance also gives a volunteer a good opportunity to learn what EMTs do and then decide if they would like to do the training. The training costs $1,500 and is paid for by the association.
Johnson became an EMT with the ambulance service when he was 65 years old and said age isn't a barrier to serving.
North Fork Ambulance Association is a membership-based service and receives no tax funding. It was formed in 1969.
The next EMT classes will be in January at the Delta-Montrose Technical College Paonia campus. If you are interested in taking the EMT basic training, your application must be to the NFAA board by Jan. 2.
Call 872-4303 for more information or go online to www.northforkambulance.com.