BY ANGELA BARAN-DAGENDESH, GENOA NFH
It is nearing the end of the “quiet” time at Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and staff is beginning to scramble to wrap up all the loose ends from last fall and this winter. Once all the ponds are harvested in the fall the clock starts running to get all the annual reporting done, training requirements taken care of, buildings cleaned up, equipment fixed and makes any improvements the culture systems or procedures. This winter the staff has been busy learning a new species of fish, adapting the new addition to the Quarantine building to the new fish, hosting the annual mussel cage production day, and outreach activities with the local schools and community. It was also time for the bi-annual CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) recertification. Genoa NFH was fortunate enough to have a trainer from the American Red Cross come out to the station to conduct the training session on February 15, 2015. The trainer was also able to incorporate the annual Bloodborne Pathogen training as well, rolling everything into one session. The station purchased an AED in 2011 and is fortunate not to have used it to date. Technology advances have now made the AED extremely portable and easy to use, allowing it to be in used in schools, businesses, parks, etc. This wide dis-attribution has increased survival from heart attacks and decreased damage to the brain and heart. Genoa’s AED will begin to diagnose the person’s condition as soon as the pads are attached and will even guide the rescuer through the procedures and CPR cycles. With the moderately remote location of the hatchery, having staff trained in basic First Aid and CPR as well as AED, we should be able to assist someone should the need arise until emergency staff are able to reach the station.