EDITORIAL: Don’t take emergency services for granted

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

If there is anyone who really needs a reminder of the important work of our emergency services, one just needs to take a read through the December 2011 report offered by the Rescue Hose Company 1 of Greencastle.

It’s all too easy to take emergency services for granted. We drive by the fire hall or see a fire truck or ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident and we assume that emergencies will be taken care of. We may support the company at the annual carnival, but for most of the year we just believe that the job is done. And it has been to the tune of 519 emergency fire/rescue incidents and 1,172 amublance calls in 2011. That’s a lot of work done by a volunteer operation. And we need to recognize the service of the RHC.

Statistics offered by the chief officers of the fire and EMS show that emergency fire/rescue incidents in Greencastle and Antrim Township averaged more than one response per day for the year. EMS calls in the borough and township averaged more than three ambulance calls per day. According to the report, for 2011, the Rescue Hose Company No. 1 Inc., responded to a total of 1,691 emergency fire/rescue/EMS calls for an average of 4.6 responses per day.

The Rescue Hose Co. will soon host its annual awards banquet to assess another rewarding year in service to the Greencastle-Antrim community. We too should issue our appreciation to them for a job well done and also demonstrate our gratitude. Support the service by attending Friday night bingo and attend the annual Minstrel Show March 1, 2 or 3. And by all means say a simple thank you to those in emergency service.