Montgomery Ambulance Service promotes good health during EMS Week

Last week was National EMS Week and in keeping with the theme "One Mission. One Team", members of the Montgomery Ambulance Service volunteered time to educate and inform within the community. Above, EMT Eric Wolf (left) takes the blood pressure of Mike Chapman at Frandsen Bank & Trust as part of the clinic held there on Wednesday, May 22. Other EMS volunteers taking blood pressure readings were Roland Vlasak, Jason Gangloff and Dennis Foster.

Do you know the signs of a stroke, or why high blood pressure is called the "silent killer"? Montgomery Ambulance Service members were out in full force last week for National EMS Week, educating and informing the public about these specific health issues and providing information. They handed out cards with the acronym FAST –– Face, Arms, Speech and Time, which can all indicate signs of stroke. They also held blood pressure clinics to educate on the silent killer which many times has no symptoms but can lead to many health problems. The EMS crew also handed out the bright pink envelopes "File of Life" which contains a form to be filled out by each household member and hung on the refrigerator so if the ambulance were ever called to the residence, all the information would be readily available.

Each day of last week the EMS volunteers were busy in the community, starting Monday, May 20, when they provided tours of the ambulance for school children at Holy Redeemer School. On Tuesday they took a tour of Seneca Foods to be better acquainted with the layout. Wednesday and Thursday they held blood pressure clinics at Frandsen Bank & Trust and Senior Dining. And on Sunday they attended a special EMS Appreciation Service at St. John Lutheran Church.

The Montgomery Ambulance Service members said they were glad to be able to educate and show their new rig. EMT Roland Vlasak stated that EMS Week gives them a chance to give back.

"We're employed by the people," he said. "It's good to give back to the people we serve."