City of Hurricane Hosts Preparedness Expo

HURRICANE, WV - On September 26th, community members from across the tri-state area gathered at Hurricane City Hall to learn more about emergency and disaster preparedness. Experts in various topic matters presented material that was aimed at educating the citizens of our local communities about preparing for disaster. Organized by Deron Wilkes, the event attracted a crowd comprised of lay people, preparedness enthusiests and first responders alike.

Teal Pumpkin Project Targets Children with Allergies

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV - A project began in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) (, the Teal Pumpkin Project is offering kids with an alternative to the standard offerings of Halloween's trick-or-treat. Alternative offerings may include small toys, gift cards, etc. Since the projects inception in 2014, homes across the United States have been placing teal painted pumpkins on their porch to signify their participation in the program.

EMS Granted Access to End-of-Life Care Registry

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV - EMS personnel in the Mountain State will soon have access to another tool that can help them make sound decisions in a patient's final moments. Working in conjunction with the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, EMS personnel in Putnam County will soon have access to the West Virginia e-Directive Registry, a database that stores the critical documents that communicate a patient's wishes if they are unable to communicate them themselves.

"Blazin' Axes Softball Tournament" Helps Injured Paramedic

HURRICANE, WV - On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, the members of Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department hosted the "Blazin' Axes Softball Tournament" to benefit one of Putnam County's own, Paramedic James Barham, who was critically injured in an off-duty accident at this residence in July. Teams from across the region gathered at Hurricane Valley Park to battle against each other for the benefit of Barham. Many of the teams included first responders from other area agencies.


Putnam County EMS Sweeps "Battle in the Gorge" EMS Competition

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV - A competition team comprised of Putnam County EMS employees represented the agency over the past weekend at "Battle on the Gorge," a state-wide fire and EMS competition. At the competition, teams were placed in highly complex and realistic scenarios to test their skills as EMS providers. In addition, teams were tasked with the triage and treatment of multiple patients in a mass casualty type incident. Scenarios even included a simulated plane crash. Competing against them were teams from various other areas of the state.

Putnam County EMS Rallies for Injured Employee

HURRICANE, WV - On July 27th, 2015, a Putnam County EMS employee, Paramedic James Barham, was involved in a tragic accident. It was in that moment that, despite his natural instinct to help others, Barham needed help himself. A Paramedic with years of experience, Barham became the patient, requiring EMS and aeromedical transport to Cabell-Huntington Hospital for the treatment of his injuries. Barham was treated in the Emergency Department for his extensive injuries including a plethora of broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a collapsed lung.

An Important Cell Phone Contact

Just about everyone has a cell phone and it's usually in your pocket or purse.  Do you have an In Case of Emergency contact set up in your phone?  It's a quick, easy way for first responders to know who to contact if you are hurt or injured an unable to communicate.