Remsen Ambulance receives 2016 Volunteer Service of the Year Award

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Members of the Remsen Ambulance crew take a picture with their Volunteer Service of the Year Award and some of the IEMSA directors at the Conference that was held in Des Moines on Friday, November 12. (Photo contributed)

The Remsen Ambulance is Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association's 2016 Volunteer Service of the Year Winner.

They were nominated by John Hansen. His nomination letter included the following:

"Remsen Ambulance is a service in NW Iowa providing a coverage area of 152 square miles. They are a provisional Paramedic service that has a paramedic on 85% of the calls. This is exceptional as they have only two paramedics. They handle over 250 calls a year, from 10-50's, to the nursing home transfers and doing P-assists from neighboring communities! They are an outstanding crew consisting of ten EMT's and two paramedics. They also have three CPR instructors that teach many classes for the local community. They also teach EMT classes for the community colleges in the area. Remsen Ambulance was one of the first services to do 12 lead EKG's in the field and transmit to local hospitals. They also have time to do fundraising by having street dances, hamburger fry's, chamber coffees and EMT Week breakfasts. This is a very dedicated crew that works hard at keeping their community that they live and work in safe! Remsen Ambulance truly deserves to be considered as the Volunteer Service of the Year."

The thirteen dedicated members of the Remsen Ambulance team consist of Kevin Rollins, Mike Sparr, John Hansen, Lisa Schiltz, Jeanne Sanow, JT Sanow, Abby Phillips, Kevin Ortmann, Talon Penning, Brenda Arens, Jeff Stoos, Don Konz, and Rick Nitzschke.

According to John Hansen, a conference to receive the award from IEMSA (Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association) took place on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Hansen explained, "The state of Iowa holds an EMS conference every year in Des Moines. Each year they pick one volunteer service to receive this honor. They also do awards for Paid service of the Year, Instructor of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year, and Friend of EMS."

After many years of knowing about the award process, Hansen felt it was time to write a nomination letter of his own, "There where many entries for this award. I have known about this award for many years but had never submitted a letter of recommendation. I decided to write a letter about the Remsen Ambulance to let everyone know that we work very hard to do an awesome job in NW Iowa. We have an AWESOME crew that works to keep Remsen on the cutting edge of EMS, bringing the newest tools and techniques to our squad, and taking great pride in providing a service in time of need!"

Hansen was pleasantly surprised by the announcement of the Remsen Ambulance receiving the big award, "I was blown away when I heard that we received this award as there was only one letter submitted. I feel Remsen Ambulance is an outstanding service due to dedication and work of all involved! I feel very privileged to be a part of this group of dedicated volunteers. And thanks to our community for the continued support that they provide!"

Congratulations on this well deserved honor Remsen Ambulance!