The Duncan Banner

May 23, 2013

National EMS Week shines spotlight on rescue workers

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Air Evac helicopter was sitting on the helipad at Duncan Regional Hospital Wednesday, but not for emergency reasons.

National EMS Week, May 19-25, is about connecting with the community and the Air Evac Lifeteam was doing just that.

“Every base we have is doing something like this during the week,” said Heather Taylor, Air Evac program director. “We want to show appreciation to our community.”

There are about 115 bases served by Air Evac.

In appreciation for local fire department, emergency room, and paramedic personnel, the Air Evac Lifeteam was providing pizza, T-shirts and other items, like lanyards and wristbands.

The event made Christina Pohocsucut, paramedic, feel like her work wasn’t being overlooked.

“I appreciate it very much and love when the do this,” said Pohocsucut. “Sometimes it feels like we’re the forgotten people, so it’s nice to be recognized.”

Extreme situations are a team effort with the Air Evac team and First Responders calling to put them on ground or air standby and emergency room employees being ready to get a patient safely from the helicopter into the hospital.

“We work very closely with our ground support and we have to trust them 100 percent,” said Taylor. “Through CAMTS it is required to train local EMS agencies to land a helicopter.”