April 09, 2013 | 04:38 PMFONTANA — The next time an ambulance speeds by, Village Administrator Kelly Hayden may be saving someone's life.
Because of the reduced volunteer staff with the village rescue squad during daytime hours, several village employees volunteered to go through the first responder course.
"It was brought up that perhaps some of our village employees should take the course because we are known to be here Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.," she said at the village board meeting April 8. "I talked to public works. Four out of four (public works employees) that I talked to have an interest. I am willing to sit through the class."
A first responder is trained in CPR, spinal and bone fracture immobilization and sometimes emergency childbirth, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We had talked at our last meeting (of emergency) teams about generating additional interest in responding," Hayden said. "I don't know all the details, but with this many people interested, they're confident that we can get a course here (in Fontana)."
Hayden said she doesn't know exactly how long the course is, but she called it "a signficiant amount of classroom hours."
"We won't be taking off (from village hall) all the time for emergency calls," she said. "We'll be available if they need us. If we're in a bind and we can help, then we should help."
The class will probably be held over several Saturdays, once organized.
"Depending on how many people volunteer, that will determine the class details," Hayden said. "We won't be able to do everything a paramedic can do, but we'll be able to help until someone more fully trained can get there."
The village has a volunteer resuce squad and contracts with Paratech Ambulance Service to respond to emergencies and accidents.
Scottie and Meghan Peterson, Burlington, applied for a transient merchant license earlier in the year.
The board denied the license request during Monday's meeting.
The village ordinance states that "no person shall engage in the business of peddler, solicitor, canvasser or transient merchant within the limits of the village without first obtaining a license from the board in compliance with the provisions of this division."
Applicants are required to undergo a background check by the police department.
The board may refuse the application for any reason.
"We have to state a reason for the denial," Trustee George Spadoni said. "The correct term for us to use is 'unsuitability.' We don't have to define that."
Thorpe agreed with the term and said the village should consider revising the ordinance on transient merchants.