Celebrating EMS Personnel Week

During this COVID pandemic… EMS personnel have remained on the frontlines, for them working from home isn’t an option. And they’re doing that work knowing they could be helping someone infected by COVID-19. This week is EMS appreciation week.

“They’re calling you asking for help and you get to do that 24 hours a day you get to step into their lives and help them out,” said Kent Stein, the Operations Manager at Tri State Ambulance.

EMT’s are there to help on some of people’s worst days. They work long shifts, usually around the 24 hour mark, but two Tri State Ambulance employees say it’s something they love to do.

“It’s a job that somebody else doesn’t want to do. And to me the most important thing is to be there for people that need us and helping them because I’d hope someone would do that for my family,” said paramedic Morgan Scharleu.

Being an EMT requires lots of training and learning, but one invaluable skill outweighs some of the technical stuff.

“You listen. I mean that’s probably the top skill of this job aside from all of the fun skills, you know learning to start IVs, and use a heart monitor and give medication. The biggest skill is being able to listen,” said Stein.

But, Emergency calls can happen anytime.

“I’d say the hardest part of this job is the unpredictability,” said Stein. “People don’t have emergencies on the schedule.”

Even with the unpredictability, at the end of the day the EMTs have one goal.

“Helping people who truly need us, whenever they’re experiencing an emergency we’re able to help them out when we can,” said Sharleu.

According to EMS World publication, on top of experiencing traumatic calls and stressful situations…. emergency responders routinely experience loss of sleep and not eating on a regular schedule.

To show Tri State Ambulance EMTs appreciation, management and fellow co-workers catered lunch every day this week.