When CCEMS was formed in 1975, it was mostly a volunteer service. To keep pace with the explosive growth of the area, it grew into a mostly paid service over the years. But, it has always maintained an active volunteer program. Why people choose to volunteer and why they choose CCEMS varies from person to person. So do the reasons they stay. But, there are some similarities. Here, in their own words, is what three volunteers have to say about giving of their valuable time with the Cypress Creek EMS family.
Steven Herbert was named Volunteer of the Month for July 2018 and he is now also the instructor of the EMT program that CCEMS coordinates at Spring ISD’s Wunsche HS.
Volunteering for Cypress Creek EMS has definitely changed my life for the better. You couldn’t ask for a better bunch of folks to work with. When I started volunteering things just started falling in place. I started as a Non Med Driver, as a trial to see if I could even handle EMS. It is all downhill from there, I absolutely fell in love with the work and the people. That’s when I went back to school to get my EMT certification so I could get more involved in patient care. It also opened doors to go out on events and educate the public about EMS and show off some really cool equipment. Those events is where I found another passion, teaching. I am now a full time EMT teacher at Wunsche High School and still volunteer at CCEMS. That is called having your cake and eating it too!! I plan to stay with CCEMS for the foreseeable future and am excited about the next doors that open. Thanks, CCEMS for the great environment to do great work! – Steven Herbert, November 6, 2018
When the 2017-18 Paramedic Academy graduated in May of 2018, the class asked CCEMS Volunteer Loren Solberg to join them for the class picture. He had sat in on many of the class sessions over the year to hone his knowledge and skills. Loren was named Volunteer of the Month for June 2018. Here’s what he says about volunteering at Cypress Creek.
The best part of volunteering with CCEMS is the ability to work with some of the finest EMS providers that I have ever seen. You would think that, after having attained such high levels of knowledge and skill, these people would be so arrogant and haughty that they’d have little time to answer stupid questions or assist with anyone else’s educational needs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Working a shift with these professionals is like working with my family. Such respect and caring, helpfulness and advice is heartwarming. Volunteers aren’t cast aside as just a nuisance for a day. Tasks offered to share on shift are meaningful and challenging. CCEMS remembers their roots in volunteerism. They have staff assigned to them, training opportunities available, recognition for them, and great respect to welcome them as equals. – Loren Solberg, November 5, 2018
Donny Cadle was recognized by the Cypress Creek EMS Board of Directors as the Volunteer of the Month for August 2018. Here’s what Donny says about volunteering at CCEMS.
The reason why I like to volunteer with Cypress Creek EMS is I enjoy the comradery of the station I volunteer at. I love seeing the new innovations coming out, how we as a company progress with life saving techniques, and how we have state-of-the-art equipment. Cypress Creek EMS, in my opinion, is one of the best companies to volunteer at and I suggest it to my friends and family for either volunteer opportunities, work, or emergency service. I am proud to be a part of the Cypress Creek family. – Donny Cadle, November 3, 2018
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