EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Timothy Harhen and EMS Coordinator Christopher Olson are pleased to announce that the East Bridgewater Fire Department will honor its emergency medical personnel this week as part of national EMS Week.
This year’s EMS Week began Sunday, May 17 and ends Saturday, May 23. The annual event celebrates the work of emergency medical practitioners who are on the front lines protecting residents in their communities when emergencies arise.
Emergency medical calls make up the vast majority of the ones that the East Bridgewater Fire Department responds to in a given year, further emphasizing the invaluable role its EMS providers play on a daily basis. The department responded to 2,006 EMS calls last year, of which 1,772 were for medical emergencies and 234 were for motor vehicle crashes. Of those, 1,466 involved transports to area hospitals. On average, the department responded to 53 calls per week, 38 of which were EMS related.
This need for EMS services has become even more apparent during the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
The East Bridgewater Fire Department wishes to formally acknowledge and thank the 28 emergency medical professionals within the department, including their 19 paramedics, for the tireless work they do in service of the town.
“It is more important than ever to take the time to recognize and commend the men and women of our EMS staff for the work they do on a daily basis in service of the residents of East Bridgewater,” Chief Harhen said. “They play a vital role in protecting our residents, and we thank them for it.”
A special dedication was made by the American College of Emergency Physicians this year for EMS workers who have died due to COVID-19 related complications.