MOUNDRIDGE — National Emergency Medical Services Week will be observed from May 20 - 26 this year, and Moundridge EMS Director Brian Falco said his department will host activities during the week for the public.

“This gives us the chance to show the community our abilities and our limitations,” Falco said.

Of the first responder agencies, the duties of EMS personnel are the most often misconstrued by the public, Falco opined. While EMS departments keep up to date on the latest techniques and progress in the medical field, they deal with the reality of health issues, not the sanitized and shortened versions portrayed in fiction.

“In the real world, we’re certainly not like TV,” Falco said. “...I think we’re misunderstood in the things we’re able to do and not able to do.”

Falco emphasized the activities are open to anyone who wants to participate.

“It’s kind of a way for us to showcase the things that we do,” Falco said.

All of the National Emergency Medical Services Week will be hosted at the Moundridge EMS station, located at 225 N. Wedel Ave.

Cardiocerebral resuscitation training will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 21. CCR, as it is known, differs from CPR in that chest compressions are given continuously and no mouth-to-mouth ventilation takes place.

CCR is given to victims of a cardiac arrest.

Car seat checks will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22.

Children are also welcome to come see the EMS ambulance and equipment and ask questions during that time.

A babysitting clinic and an open house will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23. Registration for the babysitting clinic costs $25 and must be turned in before May 22.

A “Stop the Bleed” session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 24.

To end the week, a member recognition event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25.

Moundridge’s EMS department employs 25 people, who will be on hand to talk with the public.

“We’re having more interest; I think people are seeing us more and we’re doing really good work,” Falco said.

Many of the EMS personnel are also employed at other businesses around Moundridge.

“I think it’s important that the community meets the people who could potentially save their lives,” Falco said.

“It’s people who are working at Bradbury or driving a truck or working in the city office. They sacrifice their time to provide a service to the community.”

For more information about Moundridge EMS and the National EMS week activities, email bfalco@moundridge.com or call 620-345-3657.

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