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Letter: National EMS Week Exemplifies Bridgeport Workers Called To Care

The American College of Emergency Physicians has designated May 15-21, 2016 as the 21st National EMS Week.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has designated May 15-21, 2016 as the 21st National EMS Week. Photo Credit: Steve Tanelli

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Bridgeport Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit a letter, email bridgeport@dailyvoice.com

To the Editor:

“Nine-one-one — what is your emergency?”

The chain of survival starts with this first call.

But the call went out many years ago, as the first ambulance trained pre-hospital provider went out to treat people who were sick and injured.

In horse drawn carriage and with minimal equipment, these heroes answered the call.

When thinking about this year’s theme — “EMS Strong: Called to Care” — thoughts turn to the obvious, call 911.

Every day, first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, whether volunteer or paid, are called to provide vital emergency care to anyone who needs it.

This response comes in minutes, with a sense of urgency and professionalism that is unparalleled.

In the field and in civilian life, EMS providers risk harm to themselves, no matter what the scene.

They apply the science of advanced pre-hospital care to meet the need of the patient by bringing the hospital to the patient.

For these responders, being called to care takes on a greater meaning.

For them, this isn’t just a “job.”

These responders do not work in Emergency Medical Services because they want to be accepted, liked, or recognized.

They provide aid to people who are sick and injured because they are drawn to do so.

Because, deep inside, it speaks to what we are: Called to Care.

Advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care has evolved from horse-drawn carriages to high tech critical care transport ground vehicles.

From helicopters to fixed wing aircrafts with professional care providers with skills to manage complex medical and surgical patients.

The American College of Emergency Physicians has designated May 15-21, 2016 as the 21st National EMS Week.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center extends its sincerest appreciation to our local EMS partners, our EMS partners across Connecticut, and across the country for the work that they do for our patients and community, each and every day.

Sincerely,

Doodnauth Hiraman, MD, FACEP Chairman, Emergency Services EMS Medical Director

Terence Sheehan, BA, CCEMTP, EMS-I EMS Coordinator St. Vincent’s Medical Center, in Bridgeport

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