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Celebrating the 38th National EMS Week

By Staff | May 18, 2010

This is the 38th Annual National EMS Week. The theme this year is “Anytime, Anywhere. We will be there.”

The more than 13,000 certified EMS providers in Iowa are ready to provide life saving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access to quality emergency care from the nearly 900 authorized services in Iowa dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

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

This past year volunteers from Estherville Ambulance Service responded to 594 calls. Of these 255 were emergencies, 184 non-emergencies, and 155 were patient transfers from the local hospital to another hospital. The ambulance service traveled 28,554 miles providing care to area patients. During the same period, hundreds of hours of community service were provided. This included countywide drills, CPR and first aid training, 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 of people whose only interest is the community’s well being. Fulfilling the emergency medical needs of area citizens has been a full time job for Gene Haukoos NREMT-P, PS, Fire Fighter One, and Ambulance Supervisor.

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-B, Cole Beardsley EMT-PS, Jay Chrestiansen Driver, Richard Crees EMT-I, Travis Fisher EMT-B, Rick Haase EMT-FR, Avis Haukoos EMT-B, Brad Held EMT-B, Jeff Kautz EMT-B, Chelsea Kirchner EMT-B, Joseph Lybarger EMT-B, Jeff Merrill EMT-B, Mark More EMT-B, Matt Reineke EMT-B, Tracy Richard EMT-B, Travis Sheridan Driver, Whitney Shupe EMT-B, Steve Smith PS, James Tendal EMT-B, Blaine Ukasick EMT-I.

A special THANK YOU to the volunteers’ families for sharing there loved one with the community.

The Emergency Medical Services of Emmet County have formed a countywide coalition consisting of the Armstrong, Estherville, 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. This is one of only a handful of counties in Iowa that has this type of countywide team.

The Estherville Ambulance Service celebrates 57 years of service to the community and 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 to the police, sheriff, fire, public health, and emergency management departments for their help in the past year. I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at Avera Holy Family, also Dr. Creech for volunteering to be our medical director. With his guidance we will continue to provide quality care to our patients.

Beginning this fall, Iowa Lakes Community College is providing a Paramedic Science Program. First you become an EMT-B and then pathways are provided to the National EMT-I and National EMT-P. The next EMT-B class will start August 2010. For more information contact Estherville Ambulance, Gene Haukoos at 712-362-4221 or Iowa Lakes Community College, Steve Dobbins at 1-800-242-5108.