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Plainfield Fire Dept. Marks EMS Week

Credit: File photo
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Submitted by Plainfield Fire Protection District:

The week of May 18 to 24 is the 40th annual national Emergency Medical Services Week referred to as EMS Week.  

This year’s theme is “EMS Dedicated. For Life.” EMS Week recognizes the lifesaving efforts of emergency medical service workers who are the first responders to help people in their time of emergency medical need.  

Emergency Medical Services is one of the top 10 fastest growing professions, expected to grow by 33 percent by the year 2020, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statics. People interested in EMS careers need to be people orientated, have high ethical standards, be willing to learn, enjoy education and be able to work in a fast paced environment that is subject to rapid changes.  

EMS workers constantly train to provide the best possible care for a variety of situations from accidents to illnesses. Emergency Medical Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When someone needs emergency medical care, a call should be made to 9-1-1 and help will be on the way. 

The Plainfield Fire Protection District offers advanced life support with its ambulances, our fire engines and our ladder truck. Advanced Life Support provides the care needed prior to arrival at the hospital emergency room, some examples include: airway management, electrocardiogram interpretation, defibrillation and administering medications. 

In 2013, Plainfield responded to 2,646 EMS calls.  To help us in our mission to save lives we encourage everyone to learn CPR; we offer a variety of CPR classes from layperson to healthcare provider.  For more information please visit our web site at www.plainfieldfpd.com or call us at 815-436-5335.  Please join the Plainfield Fire Protection District in thanking EMS workers during EMS Week and throughout the year for their dedication and commitment to saving lives.    

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