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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: Greg Fisher
Years working in EMS (for Buncombe and other experience): Buncombe County EMS 10 yearrs
What made you want to work in EMS?
I wanted to become a Paramedic so I could help people, that had always been my nature.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is when you actually make a difference in someone’s life with medical interventions or just a kind and understanding demeanor.
What would you like the public to know about your job?
What I would like people to understand is how stressful our job is and how much pressure is on Paramedics and the wide scope of practice that we have. Most people think we scoop you up and try to get to the hospital for interventions to start! That is not the case. I had a 20-year-old kid stabbed in the heart barely alive when I got there and by quick interventions and great teamwork with the Fire department's early notification to Mission ER, we saved his life! That’s the pressure and gratification all in one! Being a paramedic, you see the best of humanity and the worst! I want your world to be better because I was in it for the short time it took to take care of you!