Emerald Isle EMS recently elected officers for 2005. They are Doug Fleming, Chief; Mary Metzler, Assistant Chief; Joe Quigley, Secretary; and Charlie Brown, Treasurer. We are fortunate to have excellent EMS services in Emerald Isle, of which a very important component is the volunteer effort. On behalf of all Emerald Isle citizens and visitors, thanks to everyone connected with Emerald Isle EMS for the excellent services that the squad provides.
One person in particular has paid a very important role in Emerald Isle Emergency Services for many years. That person is Mary Metzler. She is serving as Assistant Chief for 2005 after having served as Chief for the last 14 years. She has been the glue that has held everything together. During that time, there have been many new volunteers; many volunteers who for one reason or another could no longer be an active member; additions of new equipment requiring advanced training; new regulations requiring additional training; a fire that destroyed the offices in January, 1993; the certification of the squad as a Paramedic Unit in 2000; and many more opportunities and challenges. Mary dealt with all of these situations and made it possible for Emerald Isle EMS to remain a smooth operating organization, delivering high quality services in an efficient manner. I have heard numerous compliments about how efficient Emerald Isle EMS was in a particular situation. That doesn't happen in any organization without proper planning and preparation, and Mary was the one that kept the ball rolling.
Not only has Mary served in an administrative role for many years, but she has also been one of the responders during that entire time. Mary's service with EMS goes back to at least 1980 when she was a firefighter and Secretary of the Emerald Isle Fire and Rescue Department. In general terms, EMS personnel are classified either as a Medical Responder, EMT - Basic, EMT - Intermediate, or Paramedic. Mary obtained her EMT certification in the 1980s and Paramedic certification in 1997, which enables her to administer advanced life support. She has and still does serve as an instructor for beginner as well as advanced classes. Thank you Mary for all that you have done, and for what you will do in the future.
Emerald Isle EMS can always use additional volunteers. If you desire more information, please call 354-2249 and let them know you are interested. All that is needed is a willingness to help. Volunteers with or without medical training can be put to work in either medical or non-medical roles. The squad meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at 218 Cedar Street. Above all, if you see Mary or one of the squad members, please thank them for a job well done.