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National Public EMS Week is May 21-27, and Buncombe County is celebrating by profiling some of our team. Emergency care is challenging, takes a variety of skills, and is a difficult field that is not for everyone. Buncombe County is honored to highlight some of our EMS team in their own words as we celebrate National Public EMS Week. Thank you for your passion and commitment to keeping our community safe.
Name: Tim Zibelin
Years working in EMS (for Buncombe and other experience): 14
What made you want to work in EMS?
I wanted to continue serving my community more than just a volunteer firefighter.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Being a small light of hope on someone's worst day. Being a tool in God's hands.
What is a misconception of your job?
That we're only "ambulance drivers" who sit at the station watching TV all day.
What would you like the public to know about your job?
This job is very stressful, however very rewarding. It changes who you are, and how you view the world.