I trained in EMS a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Okay, not really, but it was the 1970's in New Jersey, so it sometimes feels like that.
We were on the leading edge of the evolution from those we affectionately called 'lead-footed ambulance drivers' to EMS professionals. We were trained first-aiders armed with O2, bandages, and a defibrillator. Now, EMS professionals assess, triage, and provide essential life-saving medical care in homes, at roadsides, and in austere environments.
Throughout the years, our ambulance drivers, first-aiders, EMTs and paramedics volunteered long hours and sleepless nights taking care of the needs of our communities. They've missed holidays and special events with their loved ones, committed to help working with their family of emergency care and first responders.
This week we join NAEMT and countless other organizations to ensure the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.
Thank you for your time and dedication. Thank you for your compassion and commitment. Thank you for risking your safety, for your bravery. Thank you for being at the ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year.