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.)