Let’s thank our local EMS practitioners for their work

To the editor:

Pennsylvania’s EMS providers responded to 1,606,540 emergency requests for assistance within the commonwealth in 2018. That equates to a dispatch every 19.6 seconds. Please join me in saying thank you to the local emergency medical service practitioners for their dedicated service throughout our communities.

May 19-25 is National EMS Week. This year’s theme — EMS Strong: Beyond the Call — was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve. Not only does their dedication provide round-the-clock care during both personal emergencies and public health crisis events, but their reach extends beyond the call with public education and safety campaigns such as “Hands-Only CPR” and “Stop the Bleed.”

Our region — Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties — is home to 1,797 prehospital practitioners who help assure that optimal prehospital emergency care is available 24/7/365 and is delivered in a safe, reliable manner using a complement of 225 licensed EMS vehicles located throughout the region.

Whether providing patient care as part of a quick response service or during ambulance transport; at the basic life support or advanced life support level; on the ground or in the air; as a career choice or volunteer basis, all EMS practitioners 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 practitioners who serve your community. Tell them how much you appreciate their commitment and ask what you can do to join the EMS team. The satisfaction is priceless.

Tim Nilson

Executive Director, Seven Mountains EMS Council