Special week to thank nation’s EMS providers

To the editor:

Did you know that emergency medical services – EMS – responded to 2,477,539 requests for assistance throughout Pennsylvania in 2013? That is equivalent to just over 19 percent of the total population of the commonwealth and equates to a dispatch every 12 seconds. Please join me in thanking your local emergency medical services practitioners for the service they provide within our communities.

May 18-24 is National EMS Week. This year’s theme: “EMS: Dedicated for Life.” This statement was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve. This dedication to mission provides round-the-clock care to communities across the nation during both personal emergencies and public health crisis events.

Within our region – Centre, Clinton, Juniata and Mifflin counties – there are approximately 900 EMS providers staffing 67 ambulances and 15 QRS vehicles to assure optimal prehospital medical care is available when and were needed. These individuals responded to roughly 36,300 requests for emergency medical assistance in 2013.

Whether providing care as part of a quick response service -QRS – or through a local ambulance service; at the Basic Life Support -BLS – or Advanced Life Support – ALS – level; on the ground or in the air; as a career choice or on a volunteer basis, all emergency medical care providers are dedicated professionals who spend countless hours preparing for and responding to family, friends, neighbors and total strangers in their time of need.

Please join me in thanking the EMS providers within your community and tell them how much you appreciate their commitment to making sure that quality emergency medical care is just a call away – 24/7/365.

Tim Nilson

Executive Director

Seven Mountains EMS Council