#10Life: Fremont County emergency responders recognized during National EMS Week
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In recognition of Fremont County’s emergency medical service providers, AMR Fremont County celebrates 2019 National EMS Week with events and activities during the week of May 19-25. This year’s theme, “EMS Strong: Beyond the Call” defines the dedication and commitment of local EMS personnel who respond to 911 calls throughout the county through all hours of the day and night.
“I am very appreciative to all our EMS providers and staff,” said Diane Lane, Operations Manager of AMR Fremont County. “We’ve been through many changes and a very big transition this past year, and I am especially pleased with their hard work and commitment through it all.”
In March 2018, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and American Medical Response (AMR) combined to form Global Medical response. Guardian Flight (formerly Air Medical Resource Group, under AMGH) had acquired Fremont County Ambulance in August of 2016. Both flight and ground EMS served under Guardian until January 1, 2019, when AMR officially took over.
“AMR is honored to serve the people of Fremont County,” said Scott Lenn, AMR Vice President of Operations. “Our employees are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care.”
American Medical Response serves all areas of Fremont County and the Wind River Reservation, with station bases in Riverton, Lander, and Dubois, and provides medical transports within and across county borders. Additionally, because Guardian Flight is a sister company of AMR, both ground and flight teams continue to work together in serving the communities.
In the last year, EMS providers responded to over 5,600 emergent and non-emergent calls. The crews work with local law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, and clinics throughout Fremont County, and undergo continuous education and training.
“We are moving forward with new protocols, and committed to having open lines of communication with all first responders,” Lane said. “All staff are working on training with various entities, so that when a call drops they are confident that they will deliver the best patient care.”
EMS providers are also involved in public awareness and education, participating in several events throughout the year, such as “Life RU Ready?” and the annual Safe Kids Fairs in Riverton and Lander. When available, EMS providers can offer and present classes for community organizations, schools, church groups, and local businesses.
“We will be offering several ‘Stop the Bleed’ classes throughout the year, and will also begin hosting Hands-Only CPR for the public,” Lane said. “We are setting the bar to provide the EMS services that the communities deserve.”
“Stop the Bleed” is an awareness campaign intended to educate, empower and equip bystanders to take simple steps during a traumatic event or injury that may help save a life before help arrives. Hands-Only CPR is a compression-only lifesaving method developed with the intent to instruct and increase the likelihood of people to perform CPR in an emergency.
During National EMS Week, American Medical Response invites the public to honor and thank their EMS providers for their service and dedication and encourages all to observe this special week by visiting AMR Fremont County on Facebook for various events and activities that will take place each day.
For more information about National EMS Week, visit: www.emsstrong.org
Dubois EMT-B Dustin Fultz drives an ambulance out of the Dubois station.
Riverton Paramedics L-R: Whitney Christmann, EMT-B Cameron Findlay, Supervisors Julia Miller and Ron Kube, and EMT-B Ethan Curtin.
Lander Paramedics L-R: AEMT Tracy Sessions, EMT-B Eslin Shyrack, and Paramedics Megan Geise and Josh Chavarria.