To the editor:
Emergency Medical Services week is May 18 through the 24. It is a way to not only recognize those who work and volunteer their valuable time and services to their communities but is also a way to inform the public who depend on these services when the time arises.
EMS is a vital community service which links the citizens of each community with essential on the scene medical treatments and in turn is the first step in these patients being treated and transported to emergency room care.
Many of your local EMS or ambulance services are staffed and supported by volunteers within that community, these volunteers give so much of their own personal time to provide services to people they may not even know but yet these volunteers have a heartfelt passion to give of themselves for those in their time of need.
As a 20 year member of the Forest City Ambulance Service and a Paramedic with the City of Forest City for 18 years, I have seen many changes in EMS but the biggest and most challenging has been in recruiting and retaining vital volunteers needed to maintain a low cost high efficiency ambulance service.
The Forest City Ambulance Service utilizes volunteers to staff up to three ambulances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These volunteers work side by side with the paramedics to provide the most up-to-date procedures.
The FCAS has been a volunteer service for 41 years and as a non-profit volunteer service FCAS has been able to re-invest revenue and donations it receives into purchasing state of the art equipment thus making each ambulance a type of rolling emergency room.
Forest City has a staff of 18 volunteers along with three full-time paramedics through the City Of Forest City. We invite those individuals who may be interested in volunteering their time and services to stop by the Forest City Ambulance to fill out an application.
If you know someone in EMS please take the time to thank them for their services. If you are an employer who allows your staff to leave work so they can help others in need we want to say thank you.
Dale Rayhons, Forest City Paramedic Supervisor