More than a job

Local am­bu­lance ser­vice cel­e­brates EMS Week

The Compass - - CIATHE S -

Mem­bers of the Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance Ser­vice staged ac­tiv­i­ties last month to rec­og­nize na­tional Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) Week, which ran from May 21-25.

Among the events were a card game at the local 50-plus club, which was fol­lowed by the award­ing of prizes and a lunch of sand­wiches, cook­ies and tea.

There was also an open house at the town hall, where the ser­vice is based, and a visit to Epiphany Ele­men­tary in Heart’s De­light, where team mem­bers gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on bi­cy­cle safety to pri­mary stu­dents, and ex­plained the ba­sics of car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) to ele­men­tary stu­dents. The stu­dents were also given a tour of the am­bu­lance, and treated to a bar­be­cue lunch by am­bu­lance staff and other vol­un­teers.

Mem­bers of the Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in­clude Karen Bate­man, Aaron Bishop, Shan­non Chafe, Stephen McIn­tyre, Gerry Richards and Glenn Swain.

“We de­cided to pro­mote EMS week, since, even though it is a na­tion­ally or­ga­nized and sanc­tioned week by the Cana­dian Para­medic As­so­ci­a­tion, it is not cel­e­brated and ad­vo­cated very well by many am­bu­lance ser­vices in New­found­land and Labrador,” said Glenn Swain. “We also felt that it was im­por­tant to pro­mote the work of EMS in the local com­mu­ni­ties in our cov­er­age area as well as to pro­mote com­mu­nity spirit and co-op­er­a­tion among com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.”

Swain stressed that the pro­fes­sion is not just a job; it is a life­long ded­i­ca­tion to a pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

The theme for this year’s celebration was EMS: More than a Job; a Call­ing. EMS work­ers in­clude first re­spon­ders, paramedics, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions per­son­nel.

Ev­ery day across Canada, the ef­forts of paramedics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions per­son­nel make the dif­fer­ence to some­one and their fam­ily, noted Swain.

EMS work­ers are de­scribed as a highly skilled and ded­i­cated team mem­bers who per­form life­sav­ing in­ter­ven­tions.

Cut­ting the cake to of­fi­cially mark EMS Week at Ephiphany Ele­men­tary in Heart’s De­light were Prin­ci­pal Alun Young and stu­dents Colby Worth­man and Carter Crocker. Worth­man and Crocker are the youngest stu­dents in the school, and were born on the same day.

EMS Glenn Swain (right) gives a pre­sen­ta­tion on CPR to Grade 4 to 6 stu­dents at Epiphany Ele­men­tary, while EMS work­ers Stan­ley Reid, Aaron Bishop and Jerry Richards look on.

EMS worker Stan­ley Reid (cen­tre, back­ground) is seen the am­bu­lance with a group of stu­dents from Epiphany.

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