Safety is an ever-increasing concern in the field of EMS. We have long known that firefighters and police consistently put their health and lives on the line in the name of helping others. When someone calls 911 though, what happens? More times than not, police, fire AND EMS are all dispatched and as anyone who works in public service will tell you, despite their best efforts, dispatch does not always get all the information from a caller.
In 2018, there were 22 line of duty deaths (LODD) for EMS workers in America. I have even personally known some of these from my career in EMS. We strive for safety first in everything we do. A common theme in fact is that we cannot help others if we are becoming the patient.
You can help though! You can literally, help save our lives! And you’ll be surprised at how easily it can be done. Pay attention when driving. If you see emergency lights on the road, just slow down a little and move over. If you see a situation in which emergency services are warranted and you notice something not right, for example someone acting suspiciously around the area or a not completely obvious hazard, let 911 know! And lastly, keep in mind…. we are people too, doing a job that we know and accept the risks of, but we still want to go home after every shift and hug our families.
I know its cliché, but help us help you.
Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C, our in-house flight medic and account manager
Written by Philip
BA, NREMT-P, FP-C, our in-house flight medic and Account Manager