Chester County fire departments celebrate National EMS Week

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The volunteer firefighters of Chester County Fire Chiefs Association are thankful for the EMS practitioners who serve alongside them at emergency scenes and are celebrating them during National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2020. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) lead annual EMS Week activities.

Always taking place in the third full week of May, this year’s theme is “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow.” to honor the medical personnel who provide lifesaving services every day, impacting patients, families and communities. The theme was developed some time ago, but is even more meaningful as the EMS community serves on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. To celebrate EMS Week, NAEMT, ACEPT and partner associations will abide by national and local guidelines for the well being of the nation. However, it is more important now more than ever before to honor EMS professionals who are selfless and provide quality care to citizens.

In the Chester County community, the best care is provided when first responders work together. Chester County firefighters, fire police, police officers and EMTs work alongside each other at emergency scenes. As a team, they help others through the worst incidents of their lives, and provide a sense of security and relief in the chaos.

“We appreciate the hardworking and dedicated EMS practitioners who help us respond in any emergency,” said Neil Vaughn, head of the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association volunteer recruitment committee.  “Together with our firefighters, these highly trained professionals work to save the lives of Chester County residents.”

Chester County EMTs help save lives by treating and transporting the sick and injured to the hospital. They respond to a multitude of different medical calls, as well as specialized calls like auto accidents, carbon monoxide alarms and other rescue calls. Training and equipment are provided for free by the fire company.

If you want to make a difference in the community, consider volunteering with your local Chester County fire company as an EMT, firefighter or in an administration position.To learn about all the volunteer opportunities, visit www.helpfightfire.com.

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