AUGUSTA – EMS workers are there for people at all hours of the day, weekends, and even holidays.
This is a week that we honor them for the hard work they do in difficult situations.
Supervisor paramedic Alberta Broomhall said, “We don’t ask to be recognized but it’s really nice during ems week to be able to get that recognition.”
Maine emergency medical services were honored at a special awards ceremony at the state house. Recognized for the hard work that they do every day.
A lifetime achievement award was among the honors.
Director of Maine EMS Shaun St. Germain said, “She’s known as not only for her excellence as a paramedic but also her commitment to her community.”
Senator Susan Collins also stated in a letter her appreciation for ems workers, “When disaster strikes emergency personnel is there in those critical minutes when courage, skills, and compassion are most needed.”
The theme for this year’s award is “Stronger Together,” which is all about teamwork.
“When we do it together and collaborate that’s when things get done,” said St. Germain.
According to a study in the journal of emergency medical services 86% of surveyed EMS providers reported some form of critical incident stress.
It also found that depression is ten times higher for EMS providers than the national average for adults.
“It’s important that we have some outlets outside of work as well and it’s important that we have family support and friend support outside of our office because we don’t tend to see…we don’t get a lot of that on the job all the time,” said St. Germain.
Broomhall said she’s glad the EMS community has a special bond that they can all share, “We have quiet a family it’s a different connection because we’re away from our own families so we get that connection and that bond when we work close with other ems providers.”