Last updated: May 24. 2014 10:10AM - 912 Views

Air Evac, Altus Fire, and Jackson County EMS. (Altus Times photo by Jason Angus)
Air Evac, Altus Fire, and Jackson County EMS. (Altus Times photo by Jason Angus)
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The Altus Air Evac Lifeteam base kicked off National EMS Week with a cookout at the base on Sunday, May 18. Program Director Kelly Dillon said the base also had T-shirts made for the local EMS workers in the service area.

“On the ground or in the air, these are special people,” Dillon said of EMS workers. “They responded to the call to serve others in need, and we appreciate them very much.”

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared Nov, 3 - 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982.

Air Evac Lifeteam, an air medical service, provides rapid access to definitive health care for those who live in medically underserved areas. Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. Air Evac Lifeteam currently operates 115 bases in 15 states. For more information, please visit www.lifeteam.net, or like them on Facebook.

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