Firefighter/Paramedics Nikki Weiss, left, and Chard Zarback prepare to load equipment into one of two new ambulances recently acquired by the Pantex Plant.
All firefighters at Pantex are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and many are Paramedics, qualified to perform advanced life support operations in the new ambulances. Pantex maintains fire and ambulance crews on standby 24 hours a day to respond to plant emergencies and to assist surrounding municipalities through mutual aid agreements.
This week is National Emergency Medical Services Professionals Week, which was started in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to recognize the service of EMS professionals to their communities. Pantex hosted a cookout Friday to honor Fire Department personnel in advance of EMS Professionals Week.