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VHC Celebrates “National Emergency Medical Services Week”
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By Vice President David Stonesifer
April 16, 2018

Emmitsburg, Md. On Wednesday evening, May 23, 2018, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Vigilant Hose Company Activities Building at 17701 Creamery Road (formerly the Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company facility) a special event open to all interested will feature health and safety activities plus injury prevention information as well as live demonstrations conducted by the men and women of the community’s emergency services.

None of us wants to see misfortunate befall us or others thus it is critical that all know in advance just what to do should a worst-case event occur. To celebrate “National Emergency Medical Services Week” an Open House event for the public and area businesses alike will stress family and individual well-being, risk reduction, emergency and disaster preparedness intended to help all be ready for the unexpected.

Celebrated annually in May, “National EMS Week’ was established in 1974 to help the public better understand the important roles that First Responders play in helping others in their time of need. National EMS Week also allows the community to honor its EMS providers, too. This year’s event will also allow for the recognition of the successful merger of the personnel, equipment and facilities of the former Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company into the Vigilant Hose Company. Much work has been underway for over a year now to bring this to a positive outcome for the benefit of the community.

Emmitsburg’s volunteer and career personnel serve side-by-side together in various emergency services duties like Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), firefighters, hazardous materials technicians, technical rescue specialists, emergency dispatch professionals – all united in service to the community. They are supported by paramedics, area hospitals, medivac helicopters and law enforcement personnel to deliver the utmost in life safety services.

All providers must meet stringent state and county training standards and are constantly honing their skills through training, education and practical exercises. The basic function of their work involves responding to 911 emergencies, which can range from simple ailments, such as severe headaches, to serious traumatic injuries, like broken bones, as well heart attacks, strokes, etc. They also work closely with all area firefighters at emergency scenes to assess, treat and prepare patients for transport to area hospitals and regional trauma centers.

National EMS Week is a great opportunity for the public to learn when to call 911 and when not to. Additionally, National EMS Week allows the community to thank EMS providers for the physical, mental and emotional sacrifices they are asked to make daily while serving others. In our community, every business, institution, agency and individual is critical to our success. The VHC Auxiliary will be serving refreshments on May 23rd.

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