Sioux Center Community Hospital building

Health Center Recognizes Emergency Medical Services Week

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is May 16-22. The Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera recognize the important role our EMS responders play in our communities and for our organization. So often, it is the EMT's quick response and immediate action in a crisis that saves lives. Here are some interesting facts about Sioux Center and Hull EMT squads.

How many people serve as EMTs?
There are 27 members in Sioux Center alone. Those 27 people provide 24-hour emergency response to Sioux Center and surrounding communities. Together they have a combined total of 269 years of service. Surrounding towns have an EMT squad as well. Hull has 33 volunteers. 24 of those serve as EMT's and the rest are drivers.

How much training do they have?
In Hull, they train monthly and must each put in over 24 hours of continued training every two years. In Sioux Center, the squad put in a total of over 1,200 hours of training in 2009.

How often do they get called?
Sioux Center responded to 492 calls in 2009. The Sioux Center Ambulance squad volunteered over 30,000 hours this past year. That is over a thousand hours per member or 28 weeks of vacation given to the community.

How long does it usually take for the EMT's to get to the scene?
Hull EMT's average response time in town is about two minutes, and only six minutes out of city limits. They can achieve this because they have EMT's on call 24 hours a day, every day. The same is true for Sioux Center EMT's.

Beyond responding to emergencies, EMTs are also involved in other community events. Is that correct?
That is correct. They assist at many community events including the Buddy walk, the Siouxperman Triathlon, and they also assisted at the Bike Rodeo that the Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera hosted in April. In addition to that, they are present at every college and high school football and hockey game. They help with Special Olympics. Sioux Center also supplied 6 new defibrillators to area churches, and then they do the maintenance on these and make sure the batteries are good. All of this shows a strong commitment to our community's health and well-being.

What's coming up for EMTs?
The Sioux Center Ambulance squad is working on a new ambulance building. They hope to have this built and ready for use by December 1, 2010. The new building will have 4 bays that will house the three ambulances and the rehab trailer. It will also have a meeting and training room that is large enough to house both fire and EMT trainings. This will alleviate space issues in the current building and help build for the future of Sioux Center Ambulance. The upstairs will have an exercise facility, sleeping quarters, and a family room area.