National EMS Week 2019



Pennsylvania’s EMS providers responded to 1,606,540 emergency requests for assistance within the Commonwealth in 2018. That equates to a dispatch every 19.6 seconds. Please join me in saying THANK YOU to the local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) practitioners for their dedicated service throughout our communities.

May 19 -25 is National EMS Week. This year’s theme – EMS Strong: Beyond the Call – was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve. Not only does their dedication provide round-the-clock care during both personal emergencies and public health crisis events, but their reach extends to public education and safety campaigns such as “Hands-Only CPR” and “Stop the Bleed.”

Our region – Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties – is home to 1,797 pre-hospital practitioners who help assure optimal emergency care is available 24/7/365 and is delivered in a safe, reliable manor using a complement of 225 licensed EMS vehicles throughout the region.

Whether providing patient care as part of a Quick Response Service (QRS) or during ambulance transport at the Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) level, on the ground or in the air, as a career choice or volunteer basis, all EMS practitioners are dedicated professionals who spend countless hours preparing for and responding to family, friends, neighbors and total strangers in their time of need.

Please join me in thanking the EMS practitioners who serve your community. Tell them how much you appreciate their commitment and ask what you can do to join the EMS Team! The satisfaction is priceless.

(Tim Nilson is executive director of Seven Mountains Emergency Services Council.)