BY RICHARD HUFF
The role of EMS in responding to disasters is much more than just answering the call when a major incident occurs. In fact, EMS’ role in maintaining stability—and building resiliency in a community—starts long before winds begin to build or a bomb goes off. That work begins months or years earlier through training local residents how to help themselves and help each other when tragedy strikes. In the best of those situations, EMS professionals teach residents to be the true first responders and how to take care of themselves—and others—until help arrives.
During EMS Week 2018, it’s important to remember the critical role EMS plays on a local and national level when a disaster hits. Throughout some of the toughest, most horrific scenarios humans face, EMS responders are there to help those who need them most—the community, its citizens and fellow EMS providers.