“National EMS week” showcases the role workers play in the community


This week is ‘National EMS Week’ and has been celebrated every year since 1974 when Gerald Ford wanted to recognize how much EMS workers do for communities.

     Here in eastern North Carolina, it’s no different.

     Every year, Greenville fire rescue responds to a variety of nearly 18,000 calls with some stations responding up to 15 calls on an average day.

     They say this week can really show what EMS workers do, since you never really see them unless you need them.

     Some of the hardest parts of their job are being away from their families for extended amounts of time.

     Most are drawn to the profession because of the variety of work.

“I’m not one to just sit around and do the same thing every day,” said Ryan Haddock, of Station 2 in Greenville.

“It’s fun to anticipate when calls come in and you don’t know what’s going to happen when and where, it just keeps you on your toes.”

     One common misconception people have is if you call an ambulance, you will be moved to the top spot in the emergency room.

     Although handled on a case-to-case basis, most of the time you’ll have to wait unless it’s a life threatening situation.

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