This week marks the 40th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. The purpose of this event is to recognize the contributions of EMTs, paramedics, and others involved in the delivery of pre-hospital medicine. I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to say thank you for all that they do.
I know everyone who works as an EMS provider puts in long hours and sleepless nights taking care of the needs of our community. I know they’re dedicated. I know t they care, and I also know they don’t get the thanks they deserve.
This year’s theme is, “One mission, one team”. This certainly rings true in Walla Walla County. Of the 200 EMS providers in our county 67 percent are volunteers.
The volunteers work side by side with the paid professional providers. Eight fire districts, cities of Walla Walla, College Place and Waitsburg cover the 1,200 square miles of Walla Walla County. Their mission; provide the best care possible in a timely professional manner.
So on this, National EMS Week, I would like to encourage you to voice your appreciation. Praise them for their time, for their dedication, their caring, their compassion and their commitment to provide excellent patient care.
Show them appreciation for working long shifts, for holding over to cover calls and for taking time away from their families to help yours. They risk their own personal safety to help others. Praise them and their bravery.
EMS Week is an opportunity for the public to recognize what EMS providers do 24/7. EMS is a necessary service that is vital for our community and the nation. EMTs and paramedics are the health-care safety net for all of us.
As a member of this community, we can have peace of mind knowing the best of the best will respond to any emergent situation our family or friends may encounter.
Walla Walla County