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Celebrate EMS Week all year long
Celebrate EMS Week all year long
Last week marked the official observance of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. But each day of the year, all year long, is an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional service EMS providers offer to countless patients every day.
This year's theme, "EMS - More than a Job - A Calling," celebrates the exceptional service being provided to those in need, often under incredibly challenging circumstances. It illustrates the fact that EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives and limiting suffering on a daily basis. They are selfless professionals who put their own lives on hold, day after day, to respond to the emergency needs of others.
National EMS Week began in 1973 by Presidential Proclamation. It honors the women and men all over the country who save lives when accidents and sudden illness occurs, and is a chance for all of us to learn more about how and when to use EMS, and how to prevent some medical emergencies.
What is EMS?
When someone gets hurt or has a health emergency (like a heart attack, choking, or an allergic reaction to food or medicine), the quickest way to get help is to call 911. Within minutes, an ambulance--equipped like a mini emergency room - is on its way. The most important part of EMS is the people - the paramedics and emergency medical services technicians (EMTs) - who are trained to get the problem under control and get people to a hospital. Being an EMT has become a fast-growing profession with specific requirements and opportunities to advance to higher levels.
A bit of history
EMS has come a long way. Today's system got started in the 1960s, when a study showed that an injured person had a better chance of surviving in a war than on our highways. There was no 911. It was necessary to know the phone number of the hospital or an ambulance company or call the operator and ask for help. Ambulances were not as good then, either. Many of them were station wagons with little more than a stretcher and some bandages. Most of the drivers didn't have much emergency medical training and many ambulance services were run by funeral homes!
Where we are today
The Fort Drum MEDDAC EMS is certified with the New York State Department of Health, providing advanced life support care at the paramedic level. EMS carries state of the art equipment to treat any medical or traumatic emergency for adults and pediatrics, a LifePak 15 monitor defibrillator, resuscitation drugs, and mass casualty kits, to name a few. The Fort Drum EMS responds to emergencies on the installation as well as the surrounding communities, in accordance with an existing Mutual Aid Agreement with Jefferson County.
Did you know?
Each year 100 million people in the United States go to emergency rooms.
Many injuries can be prevented. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and protect yourself and others:
The Fort Drum MEDDAC ambulance is a vital public service that provides lifesaving and supportive care to those in need, 24-hours-a-day seven-days-a-week. Such access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury.
Remember, if you have an emergency, the Fort Drum MEDDAC Ambulance is only a phone call away - by dialing "911".