Sturgis Ambulance holds annual open house in celebration of National EMS Week

Gary MatthewsMay 22, 2023Local
photo by Gary MatthewsThe Sturgis Ambulance Service hosted an open house on Monday for National EMS Week.

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Ambulance Service is celebrating National E.M.S. Week and on Monday, held their annual open house at their home base on Ball Park Road.

Ambulance Service Director Shawn Fischer says E.M.S. Week is a chance to make citizens aware of what the ambulance service does.

Fischer uses this week to help people realize how important it is to honor those on the front lines providing critical care. She says ambulance services in South Dakota are not considered essential.

Fischer says she is proud of her entire crew.

Monday’s open house featured local booths, food trucks and jumping castles for the kids.

This is the 48th annual National E.M.S. Week. It was established in 1974 by then-President Gerald Ford, who authorized the week to celebrate E.M.S. practitioners and the important work they do in communities throughout the country. This year’s theme is “E.M.S. – Where Emergency Care Begins.”

Other events this week include a heart and vascular screening at the fire hall on Tuesday and an E.M.S. Week version of Music on Main Wednesday.