More than a job
Local ambulance service celebrates EMS Week
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.