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Kids make first aid kits as part of National EMS Week celebrations

Providers from Capital Ambulance and from LifeFlight of Maine taking part in the large-scale annual emergency exercise drill at the Bangor International Airport on May 16, 2017.May 21 marked the beginning of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, an opportunity to say, “thank you” to the men and women who answer the call for help. EMHS is proud of the many responders, providers, technicians, and transport crews who make emergency medical care the lifesaving service it is today. Many of these responders also took this week as an opportunity to engage their communities and raise awareness of the important work they do 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
 
“When people need to call on emergency medical services, it is often among the most difficult days of their life,” said Jeff Doran, vice president of EMHS System Clinical Services. “It is our talented first responders who have the task of helping to make their day as best as it can possibly be. We truly can’t thank them enough for all that they do.”
 
EMHS members said thank you in a variety of ways. For example, Mercy Hospital hosted a photo tribute to first responders on Facebook, CA Dean held its annual BBQ for all their EMS members, and Capital Ambulance held a first responders thank you breakfast. Capital also held a Pet Food Drive, in collaboration with the Eastern Maine Area Agency on Aging. The pet food and supplies will be distributed to elderly pet owners in our community, since we know that many seniors prioritize their pet’s well-being ahead of their own medications and other needs.
 
Additionally, Wednesday, May 24, was National Emergency Medical Services for Children Day. To mark the occasion, teams from Capital Ambulance paid special visits to three daycare centers in greater Bangor. Children toured ambulances, were introduced to basic emergency equipment, and had the opportunity to interact with paramedics and other caregivers outside of an emergency situation. The visit ended with basic first aid lessons and a chance for the kids to assemble their very own junior first aid kit.
 
The very next day, Capital Ambulance hosted the Darlings’ Auto Ice Cream truck at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street in Bangor. The fundraising effort was to benefit LifeFlight of Maine. LifeFlight staff members were on hand to answer questions and introduce the community to their dynamic lifesaving capabilities.

National EMS Week also included the opening of two new EMS bases in northern and southern Maine. In Aroostook County, Crown Ambulance held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new base in Washburn. In York County, LifeFlight of Maine held an open house to show off the new base in Sanford. National EMS Week also marked the highly anticipated arrival of LifeFlight’s third helicopter stationed at its Lewiston base. Within an hour of going into service, the new helicopter lifted off to answer its first emergency call.

During National EMS Week, and throughout the year, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the many skilled emergency personnel who help save lives in our communities across Maine. Thank you!

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