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Emergency Medical Services: Keeping youth safe and connected
Our children learn to raise their hand, tie their shoes, and say the alphabet, but how often do we, as parents, teach our children safety and the importance of emergency personnel? Children are often afraid in emergency situations. It is important for young people to learn safety skills and interact with first responders in a relaxed environment before a disaster so first responders can act quickly in emergency situations.
To support our younger residents’ safety, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services hosts an annual Teddy Bear Clinic as a part of celebrating Emergency Medical Services for Children’s Day (EMSC). The clinic will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). The day is a time to meet emergency personnel, ask questions and make connections. The day is a celebration of the children in our community and a chance for them to have fun while learning safety skills.
Children are invited to bring their sick or injured teddy bears for repair to the Teddy Bear Clinic. There will be new stuffed animals available, too. Children can see ambulances and trucks, and walk through a learning house to learn about fire safety and 911 calls. This is a great opportunity to teach your children the value of safety in a fun, relaxed setting.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a community-based public service whose presence is vital to children in need. EMSC Day promotes high-level emergency care given by EMS providers with pediatric emergency skills.
Our EMS has well-trained, capable and professional personnel who provide essential lifesaving services to residents. The EMS high performance cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) initiative has increased the cardiac arrest resuscitation rate to 54 percent. The initiative’s success is a result of employees performing CPR and education for bystanders.
The Department of Emergency Services has special teams composed of emergency medical technicians and paramedics, including a marine unit that functions in water rescue scenarios and routine standbys at events. There is a tactical team that works closely with the police, and a hazardous materials division, which responds to calls such as chemical leaks and spills, or infectious disease. From providing CPR to delivering babies, the EMS personnel work to save and improve lives.
The Department of Emergency Services participates in many events that benefit the community, including the Charles County Fair, Touch-A-Truck event, “Fill the Fire Truck” Food Drive, church meetings and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting. The EMS team also has a presence at county events as medical standby, such as races, memorials and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball games.
For more information about the Department of Emergency Services, visit www. CharlesCountyMD.gov or follow the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/Charles-County-Department-of-Emergency-Services-279579562209774/.
William Stephens is the Charles County director of the department of emergency services