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Celebrating National EMS Week

May 22, 2013
Estherville Daily News

This is the 41st Annual National EMS Week. The theme this year is "EMS One Mission, One Team."

There are more than 12,000 certified EMS providers in Iowa, and more than half of them are volunteers. Providing prompt access to quality emergency medical services dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills

Annually, Iowa EMS providers respond to over 240,000 calls for assistance.

This past year volunteers from Estherville Ambulance Service handled 534 calls. Of these, 205 were emergencies, 182 non-emergencies, and 147 were patient transfers from the local hospital to another hospital.

The ambulance service traveled 22,671 miles providing care to area patients. During the same period, hundreds of community service hours were provided.

This included countywide drills, CPR training to employees of the city, county and the general public, also medical coverage for sporting events and other community events.

The volunteers who make up the Estherville Ambulance Service are a dedicated group whose only interest is the community's well-being. Fulfilling the emergency medical needs of area citizens is a full-time job for ambulance supervisor. Gene Haukoos Paramedic,

EMS providers are Iowa's critical link in providing emergency health care to the citizens and visitors. Here are the EMS personnel who volunteer their time and skills to serve our community. Dale Baruth EMT, Cole Beardsley Paramedic, Mallory Bradley EMT, Richard Crees Paramedic, Travis Fisher EMT, Rick Haase EMR, Avis Haukoos EMT, Brad Held EMT, Chelsea Kirchner EMT, Joseph Lybarger Paramedic, Judy McQuown RN, Mark More EMT, Heather Nichols EMT, Teresa Olson EMT, Matt Reineke EMT, Steve Smith Paramedic, James Tendal EMT, Blaine Ukasick EMT-I, and drivers Mike Fuller, Scott McDermott, Jamie Tendal and Andrew Clayton.

A special THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers' families for sharing their loved ones with the community.

The Emergency Medical Services of Emmet County have formed a countywide coalition that includes the Armstrong, Estherville, and Ringsted ambulance services, Wallingford First Responders, Emmet County Emergency Management Services, Emmet County Public Health, Avera Holy Family, Iowa Lakes Community College, area law enforcement, fire, local and county governments. With meetings every other month they plan, train, drill; work on grants and any other countywide issues of safety, care, protection. Emmet County is one of only a handful of counties in Iowa that has this type of countywide team.

The Estherville Ambulance Service celebrates 60 years of service to the community. With the continued support, insight and leadership of community leaders such as the Emmet County Board of Supervisors, Estherville City Council and the city administrator, along with a motivated volunteer staff, the Estherville Ambulance Service has been able to continue upgrading the emergency medical care of area citizens.

"A special thank you goes to the police, sheriff, fire, public health, and emergency management departments for their help in the past year," said Gene Haukoos. "I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at Avera Holy Family, also Dr. James Creech for volunteering to be our medical director. With his guidance, we will continue to provide quality care to our patients."

Iowa Lakes Community College is providing an EMT class with the fall semester, starting August 2013. For more information contact Estherville Ambulance, Gene Haukoos at 712-362-4221 or Iowa Lakes Community College, Steve Dobbins at 1-800-242-5108.



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