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A time to thank those involved in Emergency Medical Services

May 11, 2012

CHILLICOTHE – Just imagine for a moment if there was no EMS crew available for you or a loved one in the time of an emergency, whether it was a serious crash, frightening chest pain or a youngster hit by a car.

Without prompt medical attention provided by Emergency Medical Service personnel, the consequences could be deadly.

May 20-26 is National EMS Week and a wonderful time to consider the importance of emergency personnel in area communities, said Krista Wooten, RN/ EMT-Paramedic and EMS/Nurse Educator at Adena.

Locally, one day has been set aside to pay special tribute to area EMS personnel. Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 19, a Community Appreciation Day will be held for local EMS at the Lions Shelter in Yoctangee Park.

The event, which includes a picnic, is sponsored by the Adena Health System and local businesses. Additional sponsors also are being sought.

“We’re honoring our ‘everyday heroes’ and the job they do, and we want them to be able to participate in this event with their families,” Wooten said.

In the counties served by Adena, there are about 25 fire departments with paid EMS crews; part-paid and part-volunteer crews; and volunteer crews, along with a number of private ambulance transport services and Air Medical.

Among those departments, there are four levels of EMS personnel, including First Responders, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic, she said.

Each of them has a specific course program and hours that must be completed.  Competency of skills is also a requirement.

Certifications are obtained following completion of specific programs and skills through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, as well as the state of Ohio.

For more information about Community Appreciation Day, or to help sponsor the event, please contact Krista Wooten at kwooten(at)adena.org.

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