Story last updated at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Dissent creating real emergency
I am writing this to the emergency medical technicians in Anchor Point. We all know there are problems with the board of directors and the members, and that several good EMTs have now left their positions as volunteers. I do not know the reasons, nor do I wish to know. There are accusations flying all over about who said what, and this is so childish.

You are emergency-trained people to help citizens at accidents, fire and sickness in our small community. I listen to my scanner day and night and do not miss much. I realize that since a lot of the EMTs have walked off the job, the calls are not being responded to like they should. There are not enough personnel left to go to calls if there is more than one call at a time, which there have been lately, where both ambulances have been needed at the same time to different calls. As far as I am concerned, you are not taking your positions very seriously.

You are not working for some little community office. You are dealing with children and adult lives, and this concerns a lot of people in Anchor Point. Please grow up and put your personality conflicts behind you and become what was once one of the best emergency-trained agencies in this state.

Also, to other people in Anchor Point, come out and take the CPR and EMT classes that are being offered at the fire station this month. They need all the able-bodied people they can get. I know a lot of people who are qualified to do this, and I am begging them to join up and become part of helping your community and possibly to save a life. I promise you that you will have the biggest blessing of all when you have finished helping someone in an emergency. The classes begin Oct. 14 and run 6-10 p.m. Become an EMT and know you have the ability to help in an emergency.

Jacqueline Metzler, Anchor Point