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Perham EMS hosts annual open house

Emergency vehicles pulled up while hot dogs grilled in the rain on Wednesday, May 22. First responders and paramedics waited eagerly to greet community members who may not be acquainted with the people that may save their life one day. EMS provid...

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Adkins taking children on a tour of a Perham ambulance. Michael Denny/Perham Focus

Emergency vehicles pulled up while hot dogs grilled in the rain on Wednesday, May 22. First responders and paramedics waited eagerly to greet community members who may not be acquainted with the people that may save their life one day. EMS providers in Perham celebrated National EMS Week, a five day mission to honor the life saving efforts of emergency staff from around the nation.

This years theme is "EMS Strong," or the idea that EMS personnel go above and beyond the normal call of duty to ensure a safer life for everyone. The theme is meant to draw attention to the fortitude and strength it requires to run toward disaster as everyone else runs away. "We don't just do the normal stuff, we go beyond what a normal citizen in the community would do, we're running toward that injured person when other people are stepping back," said Barb Felt, training coordinator for Perham EMS.

Felt does a little bit of everything and has been apart of EMS for 18 years. She enjoys the teaching element of her job and interacting with the community. She described EMS week and the open house as a chance for people to come out and meet EMS workers while having a bite to eat. EMS staff had equipment on display, ambulances were ready for tours, and medical information was also available.

One initiative being promoted heavily during this year's EMS Week is the "Stop the Bleed" campaign, a nationwide effort to educate the public on the proper way to control bleeding. Reducing blood loss is crucial to increasing the odds of survival for injured people.

Nick Adkins, paramedic, chatted with Perham citizens and took children inside one of the ambulances nearby the public safety building. He even turned the lights and sirens on. Adkins works nights and spends the latter part of the day in the emergency room helping nursing staff. At any moment he could be called to an emergency medical situation, and he needs to be in top shape with all equipment operating correctly. "You get the happy little old lady smiling at you in the middle of the night, to people in extreme pain screaming and yelling," said Adkins. His favorite part of EMS Week is the community engagement.

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Emergency medical staff miss birthdays, family gatherings, and holidays to care for others at their most critical moments. The week long holiday started over 40 years ago and often comes with health programs designed to increase public awareness.

EMS Week 2019

• Monday - EMS Education Day

• Tuesday - Safety Tuesday

• Wednesday - EMS for Children Day

• Thursday - Stop the Bleed Day

• Friday - EMS Recognition Day

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