Rushford EMS crew celebrates

Rushford Community Ambulance Service Front row (L-R): Ellen Eliason, Kasey Nelson, Karen Rislov, Andrea Brand, Lynn Humble. Back row: David Brand, Cole Doblar, Paul Corcoran, Isaiah Bunke, Jordan Brand, Curt Courrier, Dennis Overland. Not pictured: Chris Watras (Medical Director), Nathan Peterson, Chad Rasmussen, Nick Smith, Evan Meier, Jenelle O’Donnell, Nick Corcoran, Mary Burt, Crystal Payne, Lynn Smith.
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Michelle Rowley
Tri-County Record

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders are being honored May 20-26, 2018, during the annual National EMS Week.

Initiated by the American College of Emergency Professionals, and established as a week of recognition in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, this observance recognizes the critical and life-saving roles of EMS workers.

EMS service for Rushford and the surrounding areas is provided by the Rushford Community Ambulance Service. “All of our EMS workers are volunteers,” said Lynn Humble, service director. “We have nine people on our ambulance team, most of which are EMTs; we do have one driver who is not an EMT.” According to the city’s position description, drivers are required to have current CPR training, hold at minimum a Class D driver’s license, and pass the Minnesota Coaching Emergency Vehicle Operations (CEVO) course.

To become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) requires completion of a 120-hour National Registry EMT program. “I have a list of where and when the classes are offered,” said Humble. “There’s one in Caledonia, Albert Lea, Winona, and Chatfield – there are a number of places to get certified.”

The theme for this year’s EMS week is “Stronger Together,” a sentiment that resonates powerfully with Humble. “We are truly a team that all work together,” she said. “Really, we are a family.”

The Rushford team celebrates EMS Week with an annual family picnic, scheduled this year on Monday, May 21 at the fire hall. In addition to this event for the EMS volunteers, the businesses that allow them to leave work are also honored. “Since our EMTs are volunteers, they have outside jobs,” explained Humble. “We present Certificates of Appreciation to these businesses, because sometimes we need to leave work to respond to an emergency.”

The Rushford city website defines the EMS service area as Rushford, Rushford Township, Peterson and surrounding areas. “Our primary service area looks more like a puzzle piece,” said Humble, describing the area as being larger than just the towns the Root River. “We cover Fremont, Hart, Choice and other rural areas,” she explained.

The Rushford Community Ambulance Service is always looking to add to their team. Descriptions for ambulance drivers and EMT positions can be obtained from the City of Rushford website, or by reaching Lynn Humble at 507-864-7577 or