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Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital honors it’s first responders during EMS Week

 

EMS personnel provide Aid in Emergencies

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – This week, May 18th through 24th, marks the 40th anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week.

EMS Week celebrates the commitment and dedication of the emergency medical technicians and paramedics who daily serve the needs of thousands of people across the nation, often under harsh and trying circumstances.

Emergency Medical Technician Karla Best and Paramedic Teresa Hegerty take inventory of their ambulance equipment  May 21, 2014 to prepare for possible medical emergencies throughout Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric Lieber)

Emergency Medical Technician Karla Best and Paramedic Teresa Hegerty take inventory of their ambulance equipment May 21, 2014 to prepare for possible medical emergencies throughout Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric Lieber)

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s EMS team responds to approximately 450 emergency calls each month. They also support all installation events such as Week of the Eagles, football games, health fairs, school visits and career days.

As a way to promote safety within the community, BACH’s EMS personnel offer a certified Tennessee fitting station for child safety seats. EMS personnel provide car seat safety inspections in Building 2575, at the corner of Screaming Eagle Boulevard and Indiana Avenue. Parents may call 270.412.8453 to schedule a time for their child’s car seat safety inspection.

The team also transports patients from BACH to other medical facilities throughout the region, including Nashville and the surrounding areas. Although BACH’s EMS team supports the installation Fire Department, Police, as well as all other units and organizations on the Fort Campbell installation, they also respond to 911 calls off the installation in support of mutual community agreements.

“EMS is a dedicated group of individuals who see life and death unfold on a daily basis,” said BACH EMS supervisor Marc Rogers. “We are the hand to hold and the voice that tells a loved one that their family member took their last breath.”

Rogers explained that their jobs can be not only dangerous, but also emotionally charged. In a day’s work, first responders may crawl into a crumpled car and provide lifesaving aid to injured and scared individuals.

“We didn’t select this work for money; we do this because we appreciate the life that the Lord has given us and strive to preserve it at any cost,” said Rogers.

Rogers also recognized how grateful he and his team are to support the greatest Army division, the 101st Airborne Division. “It is the most awesome experience one can have,” said Rogers.


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