The theme for EMS week for 2023 is EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins
It is time to say, “Thank You!” to all the members of our community who volunteer their personal time and effort to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Faulk County. These caregivers spend thousands of hours in specialized training, continued education, and volunteer services each year. They are the “front-line” caregivers who respond to a crisis and assist people in getting the help they need. Emergency Medical Services system consists of EMT’s (emergency medical technicians, usually on the Ambulance), Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses, Ambulance Drivers, Firefighters, Paramedics, Emergency dispatch officers (911), Sheriff’s department personnel, Emergency Room personnel, and others who perform lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.
If you or a loved one have ever used the Faulk County EMS system, you know how valuable of a service it is. If you have ever considered volunteering for the Ambulance system or Fire Department, now is the time to act. If you choose to volunteer, you will not be alone! State of SD has partnered with Avel E-care (Sioux Falls online emergency medical services) to provide caregiving support through iPad in the back of the ambulance rig. Faulk County Ambulance has partnered with organizations at the local, regional, and state level to host FREE EMT classes! These are ongoing as funds are still available and are provided online and in-person through Sanford health. Faulk County has also agreed to provide funding for EMTs to maintain certification once you receive it. If you are interested in more information, please contact ambulance director Trintje Bauer, RN, Faulkton St. Living Center (605)598-6214. We cannot continue to have volunteer EMS services without you!