National EMS Week is coming up
Its purpose is to not only educate the public about emergency medical services but also acknowledge those in the field. This year's EMS Week theme is "EMS Strong - Para I Famagu'on". GMT case manager and committee member Tamerra San Nicolas told KUAM News, "The events are to honor and promote local emergency medical technicians who are dedicated to saving the lives of the people of Guam."
On Sunday, May 17 there will be a heroes blessing mass at the Agana Heights church at 9am, followed by an EMS picnic at Matapang Beach from 12-6pm. GFD firefighter Tomas Concepcion is the public information officer for this year's committee and says this is also an opportunity for public and private EMS to meet one another. "Although there is mutual aide between GovGuam and the military and the private ambulances, we don't see each other every day, so it's a way of building camaraderie between the EMTs," he said.
With the Parade of Lights and the proclamation signing kicking-off the week on Tuesday, May 12 at Adelup, there will also be other events throughout the week for the community and EMT/EMS workers to partake in. "On the 23rd, is the EMSC Health Fair from 10am-2pm at Agana Shopping Center, there will child passenger safety inspections, gurney races, and food and prizes for the EMTs that are attending," explained San Nicolas. "There will be representatives from different organizations who will be giving out info for the public so that in case of any situation, they are aware of whom they can turn to."
Both invite everyone to come out and show their support. Concepcion said, "It's just a way of showing an appreciation to those people in this type of field, where we are not doing it to be praised, we're doing it because it's our passion." And San Nicolas added, "It's a good way of the community to come out and see what we deal with on a daily basis."
Closing out the month, the committee will be hosting an EMT Conference on Thursday, May 28. "For all those attending its continuing education units for all EMTs, which they need every year to continue and keep their certifications current," he said.
Concepcion adds that while the conference is free to EMTs, they must register with the DPHSS EMS Office. For more information, you can contact Vivian Quintanilla at 735-7407.