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Thank You EMS Provider


It was December 1st, when I called you to my house for my husband. We had been married for 33 years. I found him in the living room, sitting in his favorite recliner. At first I thought he was just sleeping, but I couldn't wake him up. When I called 911, you responded. You came in carrying all that life saving equipment, but I could tell by the look on your face that you would not be using it today. In the blink of an eye, my life changed forever. You sat with me while we waited for my family to arrive. You got me a glass of water and handed me Kleenex. I'll never forget your kindness. Thank you.


It was December 3rd when the manager of the store I was shopping in called you for me. I was doing my Christmas shopping when the headache began. I was in a hurry, so many things to do for the holiday; I didn't have time to stop. A few minutes after the headache began; I couldn't move my left arm. I watched you cut through the crowd of holiday shoppers, politely announcing yourself with excuse me's as people walked unhurriedly in front of you. It was such a relief to see you arrive. You helped me to the stretcher and we quickly started off to the hospital. I'll never forget how careful you were when helping me with my useless arm. Thank you.


It was December 5th when I called you to my house. I'm a new mother; my little girl is only 3 months old. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to have to be so responsible for someone so innocent. I panicked. When I checked on her during her nap, I thought she wasn't breathing.   When you arrived, I met you at the door and told you how sorry I was that I had called, because she was fine. You were polite and asked me if I would let you assess her just to be on the safe side. While you were assessing her, you told me a story about an incident with your first child that made me laugh and feel a little less silly for overreacting. Thank you.


It was December 7th when someone called you to my accident. I'm 18 and have only been driving for a few months. I was texting and not paying attention to the bad roads. I hit a patch of black ice and slid off the road. I wasn't hurt, but the car was destroyed. Someone driving past called 911. When you arrived, I was crying about the loss of my car and how my parents were going to be upset. You led me to your ambulance and let me sit inside while I waited for my parents to arrive. You kept telling me that my parents would be happier that I was okay than angry about the car; that the car could be replaced, but that I could not. I appreciated all of your kind words and the shelter from the cold. Thank you.


It was December 9th, when I called you to my house for my 17 year old son. I had been gone all day doing the holiday shopping when I came home and found him unresponsive, with a needle sticking out of his arm. Until that moment, I didn't know he even knew anything about how to even get drugs let alone how to use them. I watched you breath for him and pump on his chest. You were trying so hard to save him. You allowed me to ride in the front seat of the ambulance. Throughout the drive, the driver kept talking to me, trying so hard to distract me from what I could hear happening behind me. Thank you.


It was December 11th, when we called you to our house for my adopted brother. My parents adopted Sam when he was 6 months old. He has MS and his birth parents didn't want him. I love my big brother, but he has a lot of medical problems. We take care of him the best that we can, but sometimes, he still needs to go to the hospital. I tried to help, by waiting in the driveway for you to flag you in. Then I tried to help by holding the door open so you could get out. You told me I was a great little brother to Sam, which made me cry because sometimes, I feel like I can't help enough. Thank you.


It was December 13th, when you came to help me. I'm homeless. A few months ago, I lost my job. I have no family. I was too ashamed to ask friends for help. I was evicted. I've tried to find a new job, but without an address, it's almost impossible to be hired. The temperatures dropped to 10 degrees that night and I didn't have a warm jacket. The officer called you when he tried to wake me and couldn't. He thought I was dead. I was so cold; I didn't have the strength to respond to you. You lifted me onto the stretcher. You gave me warm blankets. You treated me with respect. Thank you.


It was December 15th, when I saw you. I was trying to get to a store for a specific Christmas gift. I was running late and traffic was backed up for miles. You came up behind me with the lights flashing and the siren blaring. It took me a while to get out of your way, too much traffic. Silently I cursed you for adding to the congestion of the road. I had to go another 6 blocks before I saw the accident. The white sheet covering the front seat of the car was a clear indication that the accident had been pretty bad. I saw you trying to comfort a young man standing next to the car. Immediately I realized I should have been happy to see someone rushing to help someone else. Thank you.


I was December 17th, when I called you to my nursing home. I was the charge nurse trying to finish the paperwork for the resident I was sending to the hospital with chest pain. He is one of my favorite residents. He is the one that always tries to make the other residents smile. He always has a kind thing to say to the nurses. He has no family to visit him, but he never once complains. It was as you were wheeling him out to the ambulance, when I saw one of you take your hat off your own head, and put it on him. It was only 13 degrees that day and he had no hat of his own. Thank you.


It was December 19th, when I called you to my house. This is my first Christmas alone since I lost my wife of 48 years. I lost her only a few weeks ago, but I miss her so much and I am hoping to be able to see her soon. I called, because I'm lonely, but I think you knew that. You listened to me talk about my wife the entire way to the hospital. You held my hand, and comforted me while I cried. Thank you.


It was December 21st, when we responded to that call, MVA with entrapment. The car looked so familiar, but it was so mangled, I couldn't figure out why. Then I realized it was my best friend's car. I started to frantically try to get inside. You stopped me. You made me realize that I wasn't helping, that I was hurting the situation by being in the way. You ordered others to take care of her. You didn't make me leave the scene, you let me watch. You stood beside me, and I knew you were there for me. You were the one who road in the back with her. I knew that my friend would get the best care because you were there. Thank you.


It is December 23rd, and our staff is leaving to spend the holidays with family. As we leave the EMMCO West office, each of us takes a minute to say a silent thank you for the EMS practitioners across the region.


Thank you. Because what you do really does make a difference. 

Posted: 12/22/2011

Symposium In The County

"Protecting the Innocent" Issues dealing with pediatric patients.

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Posted: 12/16/2011

EMS System Response Town Hall Meetings

December 21, 2011 Two Locations 1:00 PM Vernon Central VFD & 7:00 PM Columbus VFD

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Posted: 12/7/2011

Link To PA Bulletin regarding Act 37 Draft Regulations

To access the entire document, use the menu at the top or bottom of the screen and depress NEXT. The comment period ended November 29, 2011.

EMMCO West will collect comments and forward them onto the Bureau of EMS on behalf of our region’s providers. Anyone wishing to comment on the draft regulations is asked to forward comments to

Posted: 11/14/2011

State Recognized CPR Programs

Please click here for more information on the recent changes to the CPR Programs recognized by Pennsylvania.

Posted: 11/7/2011

12 Lead EKG Goes Operational

This past year, EMMCO West's Medical Advisory and Communication Committees identified an inability of ALS personnel to transmit 12 lead EKGs to regional hospitals. In order for medical command physicians to identify a treatment plan for a suspected heart attack patient, a 12 lead EKG is needed.

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Below is a link to the statement from Dr. Kupas regarding the use of the King LT.

King LT Airway


Below is a link for the form that must be filled out prior to coming to one of the H1N1 clinics. Please download the form and bring the completed form to the H1N1 clinics. All practitioners attending an H1N1 clinic must register with Melissa to ensure that there is enough vaccine at the clinic.

Consent Form Pa EMMCO

Posted: 11/16/2010


The Department of Health has notified the regional EMS councils that OSHA requires each service to offer the H1N1 vaccine to all its members. If a member refuses the vaccination, below is a link to a sample refusal form.

Declination of H1N1 Influenza Vaccination

Posted: 11/15/2010


EMSOF Funding packets have been mailed out. To access PDF versions of the paperwork, please follow the link below.

FY 2010-2011 Priority List

i drive information

Request letter to services

Posted: 11/2/2010

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