Onslow County EMS, Camp Lejeune partner for pilot Navy-EMS ride-along program

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Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune has partnered with Onslow County Emergency Services for a one of a kind project. 

The collaboration is a Navy-EMS ride along with both emergency and military personnel. 

The program teaches corpsmen how to respond to emergency calls and properly transport a patient. Normally, the Naval Medical Center is on the other end and just receives the patient. 

“Give them more real-world experiences of how to handle stressful situations and how to prioritize and manage patients that may need more than one treatment at once,” said Emily Kennedy, a paramedic with Onslow County EMS. 

The opportunity helps EMS make their responses better and provides an extra set of hands.

“They definitely bring more ideas to the table of ‘hey why don’t we try this, hey how do this work?” said Kennedy.

Corpsmen can also benefit from this and apply it when they’re deployed or on the battlefield. 

“I can always apply that to the Marines, into the sailors at the naval hospital,” said HM3 Ben Crafton, with the Naval Medical Center. 

Both parties gain benefits to the program however, they both find a deeper appreciation for what each other does. 

“It gives me more respect for them to see them working in the field,” said Kennedy.

Crafton adds, “I really appreciate the job that they do its a very high stressful paced job.”

The pilot program is the first in the country and has been active since December. 

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