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EMTs: support them, their efforts, join them



David Rauzi

Spring break ushers in the start of the travel season, and increased traffic means a rise in accidents and injuries.

Thank goodness we have some guardian angels out there keeping watch.

Idaho County has a strong volunteerism history when it comes to our community EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who train on their own time and dime, and are on call to leave their work or families at a moment’s notice, in all kinds of weather, day or night, and at any location from highways to rugged back country.

Really, this is one of this region’s strengths, and reason 1,001 on why we love to call this country home.

And we’ll make the appeal for these agencies that they don’t always get the chance to: Find a way to support their efforts.

That can mean simply supporting a fund-raiser or keeping them in mind for your charitable giving. Equipment and ongoing training costs bucks, so drop them some Franklins to help the cause.

That can mean supporting friends, family, or perhaps your fellow employees, who have to drop everything to become a lifesaver. Knowing you have their backs makes their job a little easier.

That can mean joining their ranks. There’s a good crew of volunteers out there, but some are getting old and will need replacements at some time. Some have need of backup crews to fill the gaps. Overall, putting more EMTs out there eases the workload and reduces burnout.


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