Helping those in need

THERE IS A NEED

The vastly overburdened public emergency system does not provide standby or preventive services; it only answers 911 calls. In emergency medicine, time is critical. Minutes spent determining the severity of an injury and summoning competent and properly equipped help can spell the difference between life and death. On-site medical resources vastly improve the delivery of emergency health-care services to the public and provide significant relief to the overburdened pubic emergency medical system.

There are countless community and charitable public gatherings such as street fairs, festivals, athletic events, marathons, non-profit events, etc. where large numbers of people congregate. Most events cannot afford to hire private medical personnel. When an incident occurs they call 911, often resulting in unnecessary dispatches or unclear priorities.

Even when a private event can manage to recruit volunteer EMT's, those EMT's are limited to the equipment and supplies they can afford to bring and donate. Most settle for a little black bag that is not much more than a first aid kit. EMT's assigned from The Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation have access to oxygen delivery systems, cervical collars, breathing and suction devices, splints and sophisticated communication devices. The Foundation bears the cost of the travel, incidental expenses and replenishing disposable supplies. The volunteer EMT's are licenced, qualified and supervised by professional paramedic instructors.

EMT'S ARE EAGER TO HELP

In Los Angeles County alone, there are 20,000 Emergency Medical Technicians who have each undergone 120 hours of rigorous training and testing by the State Department of Health Services. Each EMT is licensed, tested, and recertified every two years. Only a small percentage are employed in the health care system. Many have become EMTs out of a selfless wish to help others. Some hope to enter the field as a profession. All are eager to donate their time and services for the public good so they can practice their skills and obtain valuable experience. (EMT's maintain personal logs of the services they perform.)