The Curtis and Maywood EMT's were honored at the annual board meeting and supper that was held Tuesday, February 18th. Pictured back row l-r: Candy Sailor, Greg Blank, Terry Gourley and Mark Roblee. Front row l-r: Lindy Elson and George Wetzel.
Frontier County EMT’s, Curtis and Maywood were honored at the annual Board Meeting and supper held Tuesday Feb. 18. The board presented each EMT with a small token for their dedication for service they provide to the community.
Board member George Wetzel was presented with a pocket watch for his endless commitment to the ambulance service. George is the founding father of the squad.
Through his commitment to the community George began the ambulance service in 1972, using the family station wagon to transport patients to the hospital. Since that time George has seen the advancements that have changed the pre-hospital care that is now available to the community.
EMT Lindy Elson was also presented a pocket watch for his service to the squad. Lindy has been an active EMT for 25 years and announced his retirement from the squad. Lindy continues to serve on the Ambulance Board as president. Lindy knows what dedication and time it takes for an EMT to keep up with the training required to be an EMT. The squad is struggling to keep EMT’s on hand to respond to calls 24/7.
Terry Gourley was presented with a token of appreciation for the continued support as medical director for the squad. Terry is very active with the EMT’s and always available to assist them with training and medical advice. Terry has given the squad medical direction for the past 15 years.
Jackets were presented to Emergency Medical Responders, Mark Roblee, Candy Sailor, Greg Blank, Troy Einsphar and EMT Kevin Domes of Wellfleet.
In 2013 EMT’s responded to 124 calls. Maywood EMT’s responded to 53 calls and Curtis responded to 71 calls. 44 of those resulted in the need to have paramedics from North Platte or McCook to meet the unit to offer advance Life support for the patients. 4 of the calls required a helicopter to transport the patients due to severe medical issues. On an average, each call requires at least three EMT’s and takes the EMT away from their jobs or family or a good nights sleep for approximately 2.5 hours and sometimes much longer.
More volunteers willing to train as an EMT are needed and if enough interest is shown, the squad will offer a new class in the fall. If interested in becoming an EMT please contact any of the EMT’s or call Marcia at 308 367-4418.
Frontier County EMT’s, Curtis and Maywood have purchased new monitors and defibrillators. Funds from generous donations and memorial money made the purchase possible. The monitors are advanced, and following training, the EMT’s will be able to run a 12 lead and transmit the results directly to the hospital prior to arriving.
This will give the Emergency Room staff heads up as to what the EMT’s are bringing into the hospital. The ER staff will be able to have the proper staff on hand and ready to treat the patient as soon as they arrive. This is a big advantage ,especially with cardiac patients that could possible benefit by being sent to the heart cauterization lab immediately. The squad is very grateful for the individuals that donated money to make this purchase possible.