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March 12, 2010The Darien Times
The Darien EMS-Post 53 will be presented with the First Responder Award as part of the seventh annual 9-1-1 Honors Gala in Washington, D.C.
The award will be presented by the E9-1-1 Institute, in conjunction with National Emergency Number Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators, the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance and the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus.
The First Responder Award is given in appreciation of the dedicated professionals in law enforcement, fire and rescue and emergency medical services who assist the people reporting and/or experiencing an emergency situation.
Darien EMS-Post 53 is an ambulance service staffed primarily by teenagers operating with the cooperation of local police, hospitals and Darien High School.
The high school volunteers man three fully equipped state-of-the art ambulances for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, responding to approximately 1,400 medical calls each year. The teenagers staff every role on the ambulance: those in training ride along to observe and assist with equipment, those who are certified EMTs, and those who are old enough to drive the ambulance. These students not only serve their community as leaders, but are also leaders in their school as well, with over 88 percent of Post 53’s students on the honor roll.“The Post 53 program in Darien is an inspiring model of how two important goals can be achieved at the same time: providing high-quality emergency response and introducing an exciting public service career opportunity to high school students,” said Gregory L. Rohde, executive director of the E9-1-1 Institute. “This award is meant to honor all the leaders and students who have participated in Post 53 over the years to make this a remarkable program.”