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Local Agencies Bring EMS Play Day Back

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Emergency Medical Service providers from all areas of the Tri-Cities are bringing back an educational program.

EMS Play Day includes different lectures and hands-on experiences. The event was held on Saturday at Columbia Basin College Health Science Center, and organized by the Mid Columbia EMS Council and Richland and Kennewick Fire Departments.

Their goal is for all agencies to get more familiar with each other so that they are ready for any type of emergency.

"About 75% of what EMTs and paramedics respond to in the field, is medical emergencies and about 25% trauma emergencies," said Eric Nilson, Coordinator of the Paramedic Program at Columbia Basin College.

The Medstar helicopter was there and Medstar personnel provided a lecture on helicopter safety. Tri-Cities agencies haven't had an EMS Play Day in about 20 years. Coordinators are thinking about bringing the program back on a yearly basis.