This week is National EMS Week. This may not mean a lot to you directly, but it should. After all, there is a HUGE group of dedicated individuals out across the Nation that do not know you and you do not know them. But in your time of need, they will forego their own health and safety to help you and your loved ones. Whether you have ever used the 9-1-1 system before or not; chances are that you know someone who has. No matter the outcome of that persons situation, an EMS professional spend hundreds of thousands of hours studying and preparing to be able to help you.
EMS professionals are a breed unlike any other group of people that I know, with the exception of the American Soldier. EMS workers, in addition to helping a stranger, willingly works nights, weekends, Holidays, miss birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, their children’s activities, and they miss out on countless other opportunities. I just listed some of the bigger and more touchy subjects that we miss out on; but on a daily basis while at work, we give even more than you realize.
We lose dozens of hours sleep a month, 1/3 of our meals are ruined/cold/or delayed because the call for help came in. All of these unknown stressors cause a major health scare in our chosen profession. In fact, specifically for firefighters, we spend 1/3 of our lives at work and miss out on many family activities. But we also tend to die off about 12 years faster than the average population. Plus the often physical and emotional tolls that we bear may lead to other problems as well. Divorce is extremely high in our field, financial distress and mental health issues are rarely talked about publicly, but they exist. How many other professions have to deal with this? Not many. While you are home safe, sound, eating a warm meal and surrounded by your loved ones, we are out doing the thankless and seemingly impossible.
So the next time you come across an EMS professional, or Soldier, take a moment to say thank you. After all, they are willing to give their life to protect you, a total stranger.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your personal or family safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!), HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. As a group of professional firefighters, there is no one more qualified than us to help keep your family safe! (480) 719-1551 or BeSafe@HomeHazardPrevention.com