Sunday May 17, 2015, marks the beginning of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders and flight crews. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments.
Prescott Fire Department (PFD) Station 71, 333 White Spar Road will open its doors to the public on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities will include tours of the station and the PFD museum, a close-up look at the EMS capabilities, hands on interaction with the 75′ ladder truck and other apparatus, and a chance to spray water from a real fire hose.
“The Prescott fire service has a rich history of protecting the health and safety of our communities through an ‘all hazards’ response model that includes the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care,” said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. “Prescott fire service-based EMS providers are located, trained, and equipped to provide virtually every community with timely pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical response and patient care. Firefighter/EMTs and paramedics respond quickly, professionally, and compassionately in communities across the United States, and they do it every day, 24/7.”
Prescott Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Cory Moser says no single agency is capable of caring for our population, and we all play a role, including prevention tactics including exercise, eating a good diet and staying away from tobacco products. Moser added that this year the department is focusing on fall injuries, a preventable type of emergency, and the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among people 65 and older. “There are many ways to prevent fall injuries,” said Moser “It begins with recognizing dangerous environments, such as a loose rug, or walking on an icy driveway, or taking medications that can lead to dizziness. We encourage residents to find ways to make their homes safer, such as securing rugs, installing grab bars, or putting in nightlights in the bedroom.”