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Chickasaw County EMS Recognizes National EMS Week, but No Open House

For just the second time in its existence, the Chickasaw County EMS department is recognizing National EMS Week.

The County-run ambulance is only about a year-and-a-half old after launching operations on January 1, 2023. With this, the 50th anniversary of National EMS week, Director Joel Knutson says it has special meaning to their team.

Knutson says they considered hosting an open house to celebrate EMS Week, but they decided to hold off until the new living quarters are finished at their headquarters on Prospect Street in New Hampton, which they’re closing in on.

Knutson says they hope to host an event for the public to check out the remodel (as well as the ambulances) sometime in July.  

In a Facebook post, Chickasaw County EMS says National EMS Week is celebrating 50 years and can be traced back to the American Civil War in the 1860s.  However, EMS really gained traction in 1973 with the EMS Systems Act which was the beginning of our modern EMS structure. 

The post adds that there’s a network of nearly 60 first responders spread throughout Chickasaw County that are ready to handle medical emergencies with a swift and professional response.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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