Since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and The Pentagon building in Washington DC took place, 1st Responders from Police and Firefighters to EMTs and Paramedics have been getting hero-level attention almost daily in the U.S. And by all means they should.
The men and women of the EMS/EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) occupation are, for the most part, selfless individuals who both professionally and voluntarily use their training and physical and emotional resources to help individuals and families go about their business in relative safety, and respond accordingly no matter what the circumstance. Whether the EMS/EMT professional is responding to an emergency or non-emergency situation, the women and men of this occupational field are trained to handle their duties and calls with the same skills, professionalism, and courtesies.
As one can probably imagine, the EMS/EMT daily routine is both rewarding as a career and extremely demanding on the emotions and stress levels as a human being. A good portion of EMTs have other careers and respond to calls and assignments voluntarily on their own off time. Many in the general public do not realize the pressure one in the emergency and non-emergency response and transportation fields are under, to not only make sure a situation is safe and secure before responding or carrying out their assignments, but also make sure the patient in crises or non-emergency client needing assistance is comfortable and has the necessary equipment to enable the EMT to respond appropriately under any unforeseen circumstance. Being prepared literally for any occurrences definitely keeps an emergency responder “on their toes” at every moment. Therefore, the EMS professional is usually not only armed with the skills, training and equipment to do their work….but also a prayer for their own emotional and spiritual support, as this occupation, while many take it for granted, is both demanding and dangerous.
The following is — THE EMS PRAYER
As I perform my duties, whatever may be the call.
Help to guide and keep me safe from dangers big and small.
I want to serve and do my best, no matter what the scene.
I pledge to keep my skills refined, my judgment quick and keen.
This calling to give of myself, most do not understand.
But I stand ready all the time, to help my fellow man.
To have a chance to help a child, restore their laugh with glee.
A word of thanks I may not hear, but knowing is enough for me.
The praise of men is fine for some, but I feel truly blessed;
that I have been with chosen few, to serve in EMS.
(The EMS Prayer, Paramedic Salary Online, http://paramedicsalaryonline.com/2011/01/7-interesting-facts-about-paramedics, 2011)
So in your travels today, please stop and thank an EMS professional. Buy them a cup of coffee or simply give them a handshake. They may selflessly save your life one day.