Time after time we responded to attempted suicides. One woman told me, as she lay on a couch in her two-million-dollar house, that she wanted to kill herself so she wouldn’t have to face another day of problems. How helpless these people must feel not having the Bible hope of “a new earth,” where there will be no problems that provoke suicidal tendencies.—Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-4.
Because crime is so prevalent paramedics are often called to incidents in which people are hurt or even killed trying to obtain what is not legally theirs. When I asked one 16-year-old boy who had been shot while trying to steal a radio from a home whether it was worth the consequences, he answered: “Sure, I’ve been shot before. The bullet wounds heal. Then I’ll go out and try it again. This is really no big deal.” This made me more appreciative of the lifesaving values and restrictions found in the Bible. They are not there to deny us something we need, but to protect us from the tragedies I see firsthand nearly every day!
My experiences as a paramedic have also been very rewarding. For example, when we are called to a person who is in great pain from a heart attack we can often save a life. By use of radio contact with the hospital, we receive permission to start an intravenous fluid line in the person. Through this line we send heart-stabilizing and pain-relieving drugs. We administer oxygen and monitor the person’s heart rhythm. The feeling that comes from aiding such a person and possibly having a part in saving a life is very rewarding.
So the next time you see and hear a fire engine or an ambulance scream by on its way to bring aid to someone, think of the training and effort firemen and paramedics have put into their jobs. Remember that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Try to cooperate by preventing fires and accidents. Then maybe you will never have the need to cry out: “Help, there’s a fire!”—Contributed.
What to Do in Case of Fire—Suggested by Fire Departments
● Get out as fast as possible. Save lives not property—you are worth more than any TV! Keep low to the ground so as not to breathe smoke. Close doors after you, but do not lock them. That prevents the formation of a fire draft but allows firefighters to get through. If you cannot escape through the door or the window, keep smoke out of your room by blocking the door with moist towels, etc., and close the window if smoke and flames are entering from a lower floor.
● If you smell smoke in your room from an outside source, check the door to see if it is hot. If it is, DO NOT OPEN IT. Use a different exit. This emphasizes the importance of two exits from each room—window and door.
● A vital MUST—have smoke detectors on each floor of your home. Most fatal fires occur at night. An alarm will wake you up. Smoke and gas will kill you.
● Have regular family fire drills. Plan your exit routes for different situations. Have a flashlight in a fixed place in case the light cables burn out. Know where to meet outside—in that way an easy check can be made on the whole family. Do not attempt to go back inside.
● Have the fire department telephone number posted for immediate reference. Know where the nearest public phone or fire alarm is located. Call the fire station—do not assume that someone else has done so. Two or three calls are better than none.
● If you have fire extinguishers, know ahead of time where they are and how they function. Use them only for minor fires. If the fire is already major and beyond control, do not waste valuable time trying to put it out yourself—get out and call the fire department.
● Prevention is better than cure. Do not allow fire-hazard situations in your home. Common-sense precautions can prevent most of them.
1. No flammable liquids or materials near ignition sources.
2. No matches, cigarette lighters or fire within the reach of children.
3. No overloaded electrical cables.
4. No electrical cables under carpets