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Indian Creek Circles 4-H Clover Kids visit Maxwell fire station

At Left: Two Maxwell EMS members, Nancy Pritchard, left, and Mick Cairns, transport Eayon Phipps on the EMS board. (Photo submitted)
At Left: Two Maxwell EMS members, Nancy Pritchard, left, and Mick Cairns, transport Eayon Phipps on the EMS board. (Photo submitted)
Above: At the Indian Creek Circles Clover Kids’ February meeting, members made their own first aid kits with supplies donated by Story Medical Center in Nevada and Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ashlyn Leslie, Gracie Leslie, Chloe Wierson, Jacob Dell, Eayon Phipps, Kai Decklever, Tyler Laffey, Clayton Leslie; (back row) Mary Staudt, Cainan Travis, Colton Dunblazier, Treyton Travis, Cooper Wierson, Marshall Day, Blake Huntrods, Jace Huntrods and Luke Huntrods. (Photo submitted)
Above: At the Indian Creek Circles Clover Kids’ February meeting, members made their own first aid kits with supplies donated by Story Medical Center in Nevada and Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ashlyn Leslie, Gracie Leslie, Chloe Wierson, Jacob Dell, Eayon Phipps, Kai Decklever, Tyler Laffey, Clayton Leslie; (back row) Mary Staudt, Cainan Travis, Colton Dunblazier, Treyton Travis, Cooper Wierson, Marshall Day, Blake Huntrods, Jace Huntrods and Luke Huntrods. (Photo submitted)
Above: The Indian Creek Circles Clover Kids pose in front of a Maxwell fire truck, during their recent visit to the Maxwell Fire Station. Pictured are Clover Kids members (front row, from left) Morgan Day, Mary Staudt, Ashlyn Leslie, Gracie Leslie, Tyler Laffey, Marshall Day; (back row) Colton Dunblazier, Blake Huntrods, Luke Huntrods, Cainan Travis, Jace Huntrods, Jacob Dell and Treyton Travis. (Photo submitted)
Above: The Indian Creek Circles Clover Kids pose in front of a Maxwell fire truck, during their recent visit to the Maxwell Fire Station. Pictured are Clover Kids members (front row, from left) Morgan Day, Mary Staudt, Ashlyn Leslie, Gracie Leslie, Tyler Laffey, Marshall Day; (back row) Colton Dunblazier, Blake Huntrods, Luke Huntrods, Cainan Travis, Jace Huntrods, Jacob Dell and Treyton Travis. (Photo submitted)
At Left: Jace Huntrods learns what to do when a baby is choking. (Photo submitted)
At Left: Jace Huntrods learns what to do when a baby is choking. (Photo submitted)
At Right: Mary Staudt gets help from Maxwell Fire Chief Tony Ness as she learns how to use some of the fire equipment. (Photo submitted)
At Right: Mary Staudt gets help from Maxwell Fire Chief Tony Ness as she learns how to use some of the fire equipment. (Photo submitted)

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.

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