The Indian Creek Circles 4-H Clover Kids would like to give the Maxwell EMS and Fire Department a big thank-you for letting the group visit their facility and for taking the time to teach them how to be better citizens in first aid and emergency situations.

This year, Indian Creek Clover leader Tara Huntrods wanted to make learning first aid and active volunteerism top priorities for the 4-H year. She contacted the Maxwell EMS volunteers, and they provided her with helpful information to teach the kids. EMS President Jamie Ness made the statement, "It is a good idea to teach kids what to do after calling 911, along with making them aware of the situation as an emergency happens, because it can be very scary from a kid’s point of view."

In their February meeting, the 4-H leaders created stations for the kids to learn about the Heimlich Maneuver, how to respond to a baby choking, wrapping up wounds, tying up splints and using stethoscopes. Afterward, the kids were able to make their own first aid kits, made possible with donated materials from Story County Medical Center and Mary Greeley Medical Center.

At the club’s March meeting, members of the Maxwell EMS and Fire Department let the club visit their facility, where they had prepared areas to learn the operation of the Jaws of Life and when this equipment is used. 4-H members also studied different pictures of burns and bites and physically experienced being carried on a board to an ambulance. The kids had a great time being strapped and carried around on the board. Huntrods commented, "This was a great learning experience for the kids, and I am hoping they will be calm during an emergency situation, because of this learning experience. One day, I hope these kids are inspired to be volunteers for the local communities, just as these volunteers are for us."

The Maxwell First Responders and Fire Department did a great job teaching our Clover Kids about first aid and what they need to do when they are called to an emergency. We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers in Maxwell.