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: Martha Beakes
Years working in EMS (for Buncombe and other experience): Four years, two with Buncombe County
What made you want to work in EMS?
I wanted to work in EMS to get involved in a meaningful way in local government, to help people in a meaningful way, and to learn something exciting and new.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I love coming to work and being a part of an important service to the community. I love making a difference in someone’s day when I can.
What is a misconception of your job?
One huge misconception in my opinion is that every call all day is a CODE. The mundane calls are the majority.
What would you like the public to know about your job?
I would like the public to know that the hospital isn’t the best place for care in every situation. Learning to care properly for yourself and loved ones is vital to quality of life. Don’t wait until there is an emergency with your or a loved one's health.