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What Emergency Services Do

These days, everyone is doing all that they can to support the military troops at home and abroad. I agree that showing our soldiers that they are appreciated is a great thing, but we must not forget about the “home town heroes” that serve us every day. Our local police, EMS, and firefighters risk their lives everyday in order to keep our home towns and communities safe.

EMS (Emergency Medical Service) workers respond to a variety of calls ranging from treating a cut finger to injuries received from a vehicle accident. Concussions, broken bones, heart attacks, etc. are just some of the problems EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are called to almost every day. The amount of medical training that these individuals have to have, just to be able to begin their career is immense. Continued training adds even more as they progress through the different levels of the EMS system going from First Responder, to EMT-Basic, to EMT-Intermediate, and on to Paramedic and, sometimes, even beyond.

An even more dangerous job is that of a police officer. As time has progressed, police officers face more dangers of the unknown. Officers never know if the motorist they just pulled over for a minor infraction (like a broken tail light) has the intention of harming them (or worse, killing them) because there is possibly a warrant for their arrest. The police officer has no idea what to expect each time they begin a shift. They never know if they will ever see their spouse or children again. With the need that our country now has for higher security, more threats arise to our safety every day. Police officers are our closest defense to local threats.

The most demanding job, it seems, is that of a Fire and Rescue personnel. Firefighters (as Fire and Rescue workers are usually called) have to be trained to respond to medical emergencies, hazardous material situations, vehicle accidents, rescue operations, and, oh yeah, they have to fight fires. The fire responses could be vehicle fires, house/structure fires, wildfires and brush fires or any combination of these and other calls. Each of these situations have their own dangers and training that has to be completed in order to serve their community.

Whether the firefighters are career (meaning that being a firefighter is their primary source of income to support their families) or volunteer (could be paid or not, but volunteer denotes that firefighting is not the source of any substantial amount of income for them) the training is the same for each. The only difference between career and volunteer firefighters, is the size of the population that they serve and the amount of calls they respond to. Career firefighters typically respond to more calls and serve a larger population. Volunteer firefighters respond to calls as needed to serve a smaller population, along with working another job to support their families. Each are in high demand and are very dedicated to what they do.

All of these professionals deserve our gratitude and support. They do their part to keep our towns and communities safe from danger. So, the next time you get a chance, give them a thank you, because you might be the next one they save.