Highlighting Volunteer EMT's during National EMS Appreciation Week


This week is National EMS Appreciation Week, honoring the hundreds of thousands serving our communities across the nation.

The work emergency medical technicians do for our communities is vital and can be lifesaving.

Many of the EMS units are on a volunteer basis, and recognizing the work these men and women do for their communities is important to many.

The Holdrege Emergency Medical Service has been in the community for over 90 years.

Roughly 20 volunteer EMTs serve the Holdrege area alone, assisting medical emergencies, car accidents, fire emergencies, as well as providing mutual aid to surrounding volunteer units in Loomis, Funk and Bertrand.

Holdrege EMS sees around 240 calls a year, and the duties that go along with the job can be demanding.

"We have almost one call a day or every other day and it takes some time out there and there's also meetings and drills that we attend. We’re down here one to two nights a week doing something," said Holdrege Rescue Squad Captain Mark Abramson.

Volunteer units must keep up on their training. Twenty hours in two years of continued education is required for the workers.

And though units like Holdrege aren't as large as Kearney or Grand Island, Abramson says they make sure to always keep as prepared as possible for anything that could come their way.