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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 Sussex Council wants to see lay of the land of James Farm By Rosanne Pack Before taking a vote on accep- tance of a restoration project pro- posed for the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) James Farm site, Sus- sex County Council members want to know the territory. At council's request that the project be reviewed and a time line submitted, Dr. Bruce Richards, executive director of the center, made a presentation to council on Sept. 22. His prepared project schedule included 10 tasks with completion and a grand opening set for May 1999. However, before a vote was tak- en on acceptance of the proposals, it was decided that council mem- bers should take a field trip and become more familiar with the site. That visit is planned for the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 6, after council adjourns. Along the way to preparing the site for public use, including recreation and education, the pro- ject schedule calls for communi- cation with adjoining property owners, research of site history and cleaning and preparing the James Farm for safe and easy pub- lic access. Richards pointed out that there is currently only one road in with no cleared parking area. The center director Said that there are still several owners of adjoining properties who have not been contacted personally regard- ing plans for the 148.22, acre site that has frontage on Indian River Bay. "We did have public meetings last year and ear- lier this year, RICHARDS but represen- tatives of the center are now per 7 sonally contacting neighbors of the property to inform them of our plans and to get their input," Richards said. For parts of the project, he said the CIB would ask the county to provide in-kind services such as county equipment for a general cleanup and removal of trash and debris, and engineering consulta- tion. When. discussing establishing a trail system, Richards said, "A trail system provides a great op- portunity to get residents out to see wildlife and the natural setting of the site. We need trail develop- ment as the Delaware Nature Con- servancy does in some of their preserves, using an information point with directions and a series of signs." When asked about establishing hours of operation and staffing, Council member George Cole suggested developing a system of volunteers who might act as guides. He also thought the county could consider having county em- ployees open and close the center if it is not to be permanently staffed. Included in the proposals of the CIB is the development of on-site programs for schools, youth groups and other community groups. Richards said, "We would like to have lesson plans and self-guid- ed tours that would educate visi- tors about the ecodiversity of flora and fauna, the history and the eco- logical processes occurring at the farm." He said that the variety of ter- rain at the farm includes pasture, wetlands, meadow and waterfront. He concluded his presentation by explaining that a springtime "open house" could show the coopera- tive effort of the county and the CIB in restoration and revitaliza- tion projects. He said local elected officials, community leaders and educators could be invited to greet the citi- zens of Sussex County in the opening of the James Farm to public use. After hearing Richards out, Dukes said that he was not ready to vote on the project schedule. "I wonder why not?" asked Cole. "I want to go see the property," said Dukes. So, the Oct. 6 field trip was set. 911 misuse in Sussex threatens optimal emergency service By Kerry Kester Often when an emergency aris- es, people who call 911 are in a state of anxiety or panic, and they make mistakes that can be costly for sick or injured people. Know- ing how to interact with a dis- patcher on the 911 line can make the difference in a life and death situation. Sussex County Emergency Op- erations Center (EOC)/Fire and Ambulance Call Board recom- mends people, even if they believe they are not likely to need emer- gency call services, know what to do in the event they face an emer- gency situation. "A lot of people don't realize what a 911 call entails," said Deb- bie Jones, Sussex County EOC quality assurance manager. "Our dispatchers are medically trained to help you with your emergency call until the ambulance and para- medics arrive. "The dispatcher is there in zero- response time," said Jones, noting that emergency vehicles don't ar- rive at the scene for usually eight to 10 minutes. "Eight or 10 min- utes in a life- threatening situation is a long time," she said. At least, with a dispatcher on the line, "there's :: something be- ing done JONES even if its just treating the person for shock." The most important thing for people to remember when calling 911, said Jones, is that they should stay on the phone until the dis- patcher tells them it is time to hang up. "There is no delay in dispatching medical equipment to the patient just because someone stays on the line," she explained. "Usually one is dispatching while one is taking the call," said Jones. Occasionally the dispatch- er may PUt a caller on hold for a moment in order to send the vehi- cles, but it takes only a few sec- 'onds and the dispatcher can return to the caller to get vital informa- tion, she said. "A lot of times people will want to get off the phone and stay with the patient," she said, but callers can actually offer more help by staying on the line. "The dis- patchers ask questions, and they give instructions." All dispatchers in Delaware use the same medical protocol, a flip card system called Advanced Medical Priority System, known to those in the field as EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch). "It takes them through every step." For example, dispatchers in Sussex have given verbal instruc- tions to people who needed to help someone give birth, have provided instructions for callers to adminis- ter cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patients until help ar- rives and provided stop-gap help for countless other situations. Care is top priority "No matter where you are in the state of Delaware, EMD provides the same standard of care," said Jones. 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