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May 16, 2014

Hospital kicks off EMS week with special day

Daviess Community Hospital will spend Saturday recognizing emergency first responders in the area. The hospital is holding an emergency medical services day. "With next week being EMS week we wanted to get the public in touch with our first responders and let the kids see the equipment," said organizer Tina Durnil.

While the hospital is the sponsor, the participants will include Air Evac, Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Southwest Medical Ambulance, Washington Fire Department, Washington Police Department, and the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department. "We are taking part in this to let the community recognize those who respond to an emergency," said Durnil. "They do so much for the community."

The event will be held in the hospital parking lot next to the helipad. "When they come in, you'll be able to see all of the trucks and ambulances and all of the equipment," said Durnil. "Even for a small community, when they get it all in one spot it is pretty impressive. You can see then how they work to utilize grants and other funding sources."

One unusual thing that people will be able to look at that they may not know about is a portable emergency room. "We are part of District 10 for emergency responders that covers all of southwestern Indiana," said Durnil. "The portable emergency room is part of that regional response agency and we have it here in Washington."

Durnil said the hospital has put on programs like this before but this will be the first one in about 10 years and will be much bigger than any in the past.

Besides the vehicles and equipment the event will include hot dogs and refreshments, giveaways for kids and blood pressure screenings for adults. "We added the blood pressure screenings because May is Stroke Prevention Month," said Durnil.

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