Local emergency personnel will host a community celebration this weekend
in honor of National EMS Week.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is scheduled for May 18-24,
honors the lifesaving care that EMS providers offer nationwide, 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
Locally, Humboldt General Hospital's Emergency Medical Services Rescue
department will mark the week by hosting an "EMS Open House"
at the ambulance station.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, community residents are invited
to stop by for free hot dogs, free goodies, and tours of the station and
emergency vehicles. Emergency personnel will offer free blood pressure
checks and training for compression only CPR.
Additionally, kids can get fitted for a bicycle helmet and take part in
a bicycle safety course, weather permitting. Children should bring their
bicycles to the event.
The local celebration will center on the 3 R's that describe EMS: Ready,
Responsive and Reliable.
HGH EMS Rescue Professional Services Officer Fergus Laughridge said EMS
is ready because emergency services are available anywhere and anytime.
EMS is responsive to all kinds of medical emergencies despite weather
conditions or hazards. "And EMS is reliable, serving the public with
well-trained professionals," he said.
Nationally, EMS Week is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA). Locally, EMS Week celebrations are sponsored by Humboldt General Hospital.
For more information, please call Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical
Services Rescue Professional Services Officer Fergus Laughridge at (775)
623-5222, ext. 1366.