Michael Crater visits Rotary

The Rotary Club of Tryon was very pleased to have the Polk County EMS Director Michael Crater at last week’s meeting. During his presentation, Michael explained how EMS provides emergency, pre-hospital advanced life support and transportation for Polk County. Rotarian Carol Bartol knew Michael when he taught EMT courses at the Polk Campus of Isothermal Community College and knew he would help the Club understand the role of EMS and how they are serving the community.

As the EMS Director, Michael manages the Paramedic and EMT staff who operate the three ambulances in Polk County. The rural nature of our community means the emergency staff on the ambulances spend more time with patients and provide many Advanced Life Support services not routinely provided in more urban areas. Once the Polk County paramedics start treating a patient, they can provide medical care that is comparable to the services normally provided in the first 20 minutes in a hospital’s Emergency Department.

At the end of the presentation Michael reminded the Rotarians that we need to take an active role in keeping ourselves safe while at home and traveling. Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit and a functioning fire extinguisher in your home. Attended classes so you can administer first aid, perform CPR, and know how to use a Stop Bleed Kit. When traveling, ensure you have your medications and plenty of water.

If you are interested in learning more about what is happening in your community, consider joining the Rotary Club of Tryon. For more information, contact the Club’s President, Skip Taylor at stmas4280@gmail.com or 828-200-9259.