May 18-24 was National Emergency Medical Services Week, which honored the thousands of emergency medical providers of this nation. The Nevada Department of Public Safety is fortunate to have several medical providers on the fire and police departments. The city of Nevada experiences approximately 500 medical calls each year within our fire district.

The fire and EMS department has 10 medical providers, ranging from emergency medical responders to one paramedic. Most of the providers are EMTs. Firefighters and EMTs work together to provide care to the community in a time of need. Most recently, the police department has added EMTs to the officer ranks.

The fire department has added a emergency response vehicle purchased by the Nevada First Responders Association. The new truck is a 4-wheel drive truck, with decals in DOT-compliant high visibility colors to protect the responders in traffic. The truck was put in service the week of May 26. The city of Nevada works with area ambulances to provide the highest level of care to our citizens. If you are interested in becoming a medical provider for the city of Nevada, contact Ray Reynolds, director of fire and EMS, by calling 515-382-5466. Being a medical care provider allows you to give back to your community.

Even if responding to emergencies isn’t among your interests, you can still support the Nevada Fire and EMS Department by attending our annual July 4 pancake breakfast before the parade. The pancake breakfast supports the EMS association by providing the funds needed to send people to medical certification training and to purchase vehicles and equipment needed to provide care to sick and injured residents. Make plans to attend July 4, from 7 a.m.-9 a.m., at the Nevada Fire Department, located at 10th Street and Lincoln Highway. Tell your friends!