EMS IS VITAL, RESPONSIVE AND WELL-TRAINED - Our Hats Are Off!

(05/26/2001)

By Bob Weaver

This has been National EMS Week these past days. Our local emergency ambulance folks, more often than not, are taken for granted until the fateful moment they're needed. We expect our emergency services to be there at beckoned call, and we expect them to do their job well. Despite some shortcomings in some Calhoun services, mostly because of funding, we have been blessed with a vital, responsive, well-trained Emergency Medical Service.

These past two years I have had the privilege of observing them, all hours, covering the news for The Herald. I have also had to call them for my family, neighbors and situations I've encountered driving around the county. It is often an emotional reaction, waiting for their arrival and feeling secure their actions will help the sick and injured.

Driving around the region I've learned full-well our Calhoun services excel. Not only in response but in skill, knowledge and dedication of the personnel with Calhoun EMS and the transport services provided by Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center. Also the ambulance and First Responder services of our volunteer fire departments at Arnoldsburg and Upper West Fork VFD's, and the new Calhoun EMS sub-station at Minnora.

Last summer I took a road trip, mostly around southern West Virginia and visited the ill-plagued Town of War, West Virginia's southern most municipality. I visited the EMS station to unfortunately learn about declining services, mostly reduced to finding a driver to commence the long trek over tortuous roads to Welch. "We hope someone will meet us to transfer our patient," the woman said.

We are hopeful every citizen will take a moment to reflect on the value of EMS, and all our volunteers who respond with our three fire departments, rescue teams, climbing teams, diving teams and our policemen who always show up for the crisis. Our hats go off to each of them today.


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