WAYLAND — For the first time the newly formed Springwater-Wayland EMS had a chance to celebrate EMS Week.


The Springwater-Wayland EMS kicked off EMS Week by having a member appreciation dinner at Steve’s Place May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.


“Steve is great to work with,” Chief Fred Grambs said. “They had a chicken and steak platter, which was buffet style. Everyone really enjoyed it. There were about 13 members who showed up.”


Grambs added they may do another dinner next year.


On May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. they had an open house at the Wayland Fire Hall.


“The open house went really well,” Grambs said. “We had some CPR training with EMT Art Bill and one new member application.”


If someone signs up for the Springwater-Wayland EMS they get offered free training.


“We have had a few growing pains since we started out, but we are improving,” Grambs added. “We have 30 members so far, 17 of them are drivers, and nine are EMT’s. We have two people in class right now that are working on being EMT’s.”


EMS Week is a national event that has been going on for a couple decades, but Grambs said they wanted to capitalize on it.


“We can feel like we are part of the nation,” he said. “Next year I would like to get all the ambulance services together in the area.”


Grambs hopes to have a much bigger event next year, and is very thankful to his members for participating in this important event.


“The people who are involved in our group are also involved in the community,” he said. “They volunteer at a lot of other places.”


Grambs mentioned anyone who signs up is put through a background check.


“We are going into people’s homes,” he said. “We don’t want anyone with a felony or any sex abusers. We don’t want anyone with a history of domestic violence.”


Many of the members are from the fire departments and have been doing this line of work for over 20 years.


“I have stayed in touch with ex-members who are still in active duty in other places,” Grambs said. “Once you are in the field you tend to stay active even if you move out of state. Each state process is different, and we work with people who come to this area from out of state as well.”


Anyone interested in joining can go to drills on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wayland Fire Hall, meetings the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wayland Fire Hall, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/springwaterwayland , or go to the website http://s-wems.org/