Calvert County is 100% volunteer Emergency Medical Service. These volunteers provide valuable lifesaving care twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Their service of emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those to whom they render assistance.
Emergency medical service system consists of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, educators, administrators, and other personnel.
Two thirds of all emergency medical services nationwide are provided by volunteers. Calvert County Fire, Rescue, Ems services are 100 percent volunteer. The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. Citizens of Calvert County benefit daily from the highly trained individuals with their knowledge and skills.
During Emergency Medical Services Week, everyone should appreciate the value and accomplishments of these individuals. This year’s theme is “EMS STRONG: Called to Care”. Every day they are called upon to help residents through one of the most frightening times of their lives. They are called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations. Only a few select can do this work. They are the ones Called to Care.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed the week of May 15-21, 2016, be known as Emergency Medical Services Week in Calvert. Those being honored are Calvert Rescue Dive Team, Calvert Fire –Rescue-EMS, Calvert Advanced Life Support, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Huntingtown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, St Leonard Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad ad Fire Department.
The BOCC let it be known that the appreciation of all Calvert Countians is extended to all those who volunteer in emergency medical services. They also asked all citizens to participate in programs, ceremonies and activities all year long.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon