Did you know that our Blanco Volunteer EMS (BVAC) has three equipped trucks to run emergencies, yet they only have enough funds to run ONE truck 24 hours a day? That’s right. I was told if the one truck is out on a call, and another call comes in, they have to call EMS in Johnson City to come to answer the call, and that can add another 15 minutes to their response time. You need to talk to our EMS people. You need to talk to Ty Grenwelge or Mike West (830) 833-5239. If you are concerned about being able to rely on them to come to your rescue when you call them, perhaps you need to volunteer.
Learning about this startling fact has compelled me to write this article to be published in the Blanco County News. And while my conversation with Ty yesterday caused me to think about volunteering for EMS, what happened today has spurred me into letting the rest of the people who live in Blanco know of the dire need for volunteers at the Blanco EMS. When you are faced with an emergency requiring medical assistance you need help NOW, and each second feels like an hour, and every second counts when someone’s life is at stake; and you feel helpless when you don’t know what to do to help them!
You know, there may be some who have hard feelings about what has happened at our EMS in the past, but we need to let bygones be bygones, because I want to live and I want EMS to be there as soon as possible, and I don’t want there to be any reason for any delays if I have to call them.
And, I’d also like to take this opportunity to make a plea to everyone who considers themselves a Christian, to recall what is written in God’s Word in Matthew 6:14-15, which is right after the part where Jesus teaches us how to pray the “Lord’s Prayer.” He said “14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
If we harbor bitterness and resentment we will reap the harvest of it. We need to plant forgiveness and love, and be willing to work on today and tomorrow. That’s the only way to right the wrongs, work together for improvement.
Please, for your sake, for my sake, for our children, spouses and friends, and all those who EMS will be called out in the future, help our Blanco EMS (BVAC) to be able to arrive in time. Call them to inquire how you can be a volunteer, and you will see me at the first training session. I work full time, but I want to help, even if it is for half a day on my Saturday off; will you?
PS: Did you know there are two EMS? There is the North end, and the South end. The one up North is in Johnson City and it’s called North Blanco County EMS (NBCEMS) and the one here in Blanco (which is the South end of Blanco) is called the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corp (BVAC).
I was told the North end is doing okay. Our South end needs help.
The non-emergency telephone number for the Blanco EMS station is (830) 833-5239.