Ambulance stations to host public

American Medical Response ambulance crews will hold open houses at stations throughout the county as part of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week from Sunday to May 25.

Crews will be available to answer questions about their jobs and the lifesaving equipment they use. The open houses will run throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The medics and their locations follow: Medic-1, behind Maui Memorial Medical Center on Mahalani Street; Medic-2, 2700 Kokomo Road, Haiku; Medic-3, 131 S. Kihei Road, just south of the ABC Store; Medic-4, Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center; Medic-5, Napili Fire & Ambulance Station; Medic-6, Hana Health; Medic-8, Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai; Medic-10, Kaiser Annex building on Mahalani Street, Wailuku; Medic-11, 151 Naalae Road, Kula; Medic-13, 455 13th St., Lanai City; and Medic-14, 3284 Akala Drive, Maui Meadows.

EMS Week provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about what EMS caregivers do and how residents can keep themselves safe and increase their chances of surviving a life-threatening illness or traumatic injury, the event announcement said.

Paramedics and EMTs with AMR offer these safety tips:

* Prevent emergencies by using safety equipment, such as safety belts and child car seat restraints, and by making homes and workplaces safer from falls, poisons, unsecured guns and other hazards.

* Take care of the body with proper diet, exercise, rest and stress management to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

* Promptly call 911 whenever someone suffers a sudden serious illness or injury. Studies show that many people wait too long to call for help. After calling 911, answer all of the dispatcher’s questions and follow the dispatcher’s instructions. Stay on the line until the dispatcher says it’s OK to hang up.

* Make sure your house number and mailbox number are easy to read from the street or road by day and night so emergency responders are able to easily locate the residence.

* Learn lifesaving skills, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.

For more information, call 871-2153. Molokai and Lanai residents may call toll-free at (800) 809-1888.