New Switzerland County Emergency Response Service is dedicated

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Switzerland County Emergency Response – Switzerland County’s new, county-owned emergency service, is now officially operating and covering the needs of county residents; and Director Nadine Swift took the opportunity last Wednesday night to officially christen the new venture, with ceremony and prayer.

“I just wanted somebody to come and pray with me before we went into effect with the service,” Swift said. “I was planning on just doing something along the lines of just asking if anybody wanted to come and help pray for the service that I would be there at 7 p.m. if anyone wanted to join me.”

To that end, Swift penned a Letter to the Editor that appeared in last week’s Vevay newspaper, and in that letter she invited anyone who wanted to come to attend and join in.

“It was a personal thing,” she continued. “I didn’t add the department name or anything on it, because somebody might have offense to that. I didn’t want to offend anybody, but I didn’t want to not do it, either.”

The turnout from the invitation was impressive, as many residents showed up at the Switzerland County TEC Center for the prayer service, which also acted as a dedication of the new service.

Swift said that her count showed 77 people at the service/dedication.

“It was a time that we could just pray for the service and for the patients and the staff, and just the county, as a whole,” she said. “Someone asked about a dedication, so we added that also and just went with it.”

Switzerland County Emergency Response took over emergency services for the county on Friday morning, April 22nd, at 8 a.m.

“I think it’s been going well,” Swift said. “We’re running into our little glitches, you know, as you’re starting to move. We had a loose wire on the siren, and we had to take that out and find the little wire that had gotten bumped and disconnected. You know, it’s a little awkward because we’re just starting out. The First Responders are meeting with us and they’re just terrific. Some of the face are new. Lots of people being introduced to each other; and a lot of the faces are the same. They’re still county people working with county people, so that’s really nice, too. I think we’re doing okay.”

Swift said that there’s a “whole lot of new” when you start up a service like this, so as the service goes completely online, any “bumps in the road” are being found early in the process.

“Everything’s being taken care of now, one at a time, and I think everything’s going to be great,” Swift said.

As part of the dedication ceremony, Switzerland County Emergency Response shared its Mission Statement:

It is the goal of the EMS Service of Switzerland County, Indiana to provide the best possible Life Support Care to those residents, workers, and visitors in the communities which are represented by the county.

We are dedicated to the preservation of life and quality of life, education of public in the areas of life preservation and to the assistance of our fellow man in times of crisis.

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Also shared was the “EMT Oath”, which Swift said every EMT takes upon completion of their training. This oath has been adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians:

Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So help me God.

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The new county-owned Emergency Response organization was developed and is being overseen by a committee of local residents.

Those serving on the committee include: Josh South, Jeff Darling, Glenn Scott, Jeremy Harsin, Kevin Hayes, Larry Monjar, Tom Moore, Dawn Ossman, Carol Ann Sublett, Stacey Mathews, Jim Wingate, Jill Hutcherson, Ken Byers, Jerry Monjar, Connie Adams, Nathan Hughes, Mark Lohide, and Terry Grove.