EMS Week – Letter to the Editor (2010 version)

This is another in my series of Letters that you may send to your local newspaper to help spread the word of EMS week. This one may be modified to fit your individual needs.

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You may never give it a second thought but we’re here for you. When the unthinkable happens Emergency Medical Professionals are standing ready to swoop in and help you and your loved ones. Whether it’s a serious medical condition or accident, EMTs and Paramedics are quietly and heroically performing lifesaving tasks in our communities every day.

EMS Week 2010 will be celebrated this year the week of May 16th to the 21st. It is a national awareness week highlighting the vital services provided every day by the Emergency Medical Services professionals throughout every community in the United States. Here in (OUR COMMUNITY) we are lucky to be served by dedicated EMTs and Paramedics who give of themselves in many capacities to ensure that our lives are protected.

(OUR AMBULANCE SERVICE) is the 911 ambulance provider for the (COVERAGE AREA). In addition, we provide paramedic services for surrounding communities and non-emergency transportation services for patients throughout the greater (SERVICE AREA). We would like to thank the citizens in our service area for all of the support that they have given us in the past and would like to take this opportunity to express our continued passion for health in our community. We pledge to continue providing the highest quality Emergency Medical Services and Medical Transportation and to continuously find new and innovative ways to improve our quality and service to our community.

In order to do this we are calling on our citizens to support us by taking a few steps of their own. First, everyone should learn CPR. It is a simple and easy way to make a big impact in the lives of your neighbors and loved ones. With the odds of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreasing roughly 10% per minute without adequate CPR and Defibrillation, good early CPR saves lives. If everyone knew this lifesaving skill just think of what we could do and who we could save. Please contact our office or your local hospital to find out about upcoming classes.

Second, everyone should learn the warning signs for heart attack and stroke. Studies have shown that 60% of people call a friend or family member when they realize that they may be having a serious medical problem. You should know that approximately 1% of cardiac tissue dies per minute in an untreated heart attack. Paramedic ambulances provide lifesaving medications that can stop or slow down this damage and can be at your side within minutes of a call to 911. This treatment is not only lifesaving, it also can greatly improve your quality of life after the attack.

Again, thank you to our citizens for their support. We encourage the public to say hello to our EMTs and Paramedics as they see them around town and also to contact our office for more information on any of the above topics. Please also see our website at (YOUR WEBSITE, TWITTER ACCOUNTS, and FACEBOOK).

 Sincerely,

(Your Name)

(Your Service)

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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