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Opinion

January 14, 2014

Want to fix local EMS system? Volunteer

I am writing in response to the Jan. 7 letter, “Volunteer EMS system has problems,” by Mr. Jim Lane. 

As a volunteer fireman and EMT in Otsego County, I’m glad to see that people are taking an interest in their local volunteer EMS system. While I can’t quite agree with the assessment that “people are dying needlessly,” it is abundantly clear to just about everyone that the volunteer system is understaffed in most locations.

The good news is there is something you can do about it. Drive down to the local fire department and volunteer. They’ll welcome you with open arms, train and equip you at no expense to yourself. Volunteers of all ages and skill sets welcome. Maybe a full-fledged EMT role is too daunting? No problem. We need drivers, lifting assistance, traffic control and even just help with the office work.

It’s rewarding, challenging and fun. Best of all, when a call goes out over your scanner you’re not stuck at home listening frustrated but out making sure your neighbors get the help they need.

Edward Lentz Jr.

New Lisbon

Lentz is a 1st lieutenant in the Garrattsville Emergency Squad.

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