National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” The American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.”
Emergency Medical Services within the Brighton Fire Rescue District is a collaboration among multiple agencies. Overseen by the Platte Valley Medical Center’s Medical Director, medical response is a team effort between the Police Officers and Sheriff Deputies, Brighton Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMT’s and Paramedics, and the Platte Valley Ambulance EMT’s and Paramedics.
A longstanding agreement between the Platte Valley Medical Center and Fire District outlines how emergency medical responses are coordinated with the EMT’s and Paramedics from both agencies. The overall goal is to have a Paramedic from either agency to an incident within 8 minutes in the majority of the Fire District’s service area. Besides emergency medical responses, the Fire District and the Ambulance Service also deliver safety educational training programs, including CPR and first aid. Having citizens trained can make a vital difference in those minutes before the arrival of the EMT’s and Paramedics.
On May 31, the Fire District is hosting its second annual “Safety Expo” at the Prairie Center, near the Kohl’s Department Store, from 10 am to 2 pm.