ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -- This week is National EMS Week, a way to celebrate EMS practitioners and the work they do in our communities.
It was authorized by President Gerald Ford nearly 49 years ago to recognize the accomplishments of EMT and paramedics.
According to Lieutenant Jeremy Southworth with the Onalaska Fire Department, it's critical because 80% of what they do is taking care of people. But for Southworth who's been a first responder for more than 20 years, being a paramedic has changed throughout time.
"The longer I get into my career, the busier every community gets, the more calls for service I get," Southworth said. "We're an aging population. Being that we're an aging population, more of us are relying on EMS care whether it's prehospital care or in hospital care."
Southworth added there's a wide array of EMS in our community that goes beyond an ambulance, fire department and hospital.
National EMS Week ends on Saturday.
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