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John McKay, Chaplain with the EMSCG

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Please join with me as I serve with the Emergency Medical Services Chaplains of Georgia

EMSCG is an independent ministry comprised entirely of active, inactive and retired EMS professionals, all current or former Georgia certified EMTs and Paramedics, who have received a call to God's ministry, and have pursued specialized chaplaincy and Critical Incident Stress Management training.

I initially served as a U.S. Army field medic in the mid-1970s, then as a civilian EMT, Paramedic and Firefighter/Paramedic for the next 16 years, working with EMS's and Fire departments in Atlanta and north Georgia. I had the great honor and blessing to attend the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and served in a variety of ministry positions and capacities over the past decade, before being ordained in September 2013. As an EMSCG chaplain, I specifically and directly serve the Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics who work in public and private Emergency Medical Services, providing direct pastoral care and first level counseling to EMS personnel, and serving as a resource and bridge to refer to professional counselors and other care providers as these needs are identified. I am present at shift changes, ride with crews and supervisors, am available 24/7 to respond to critical incidents and the needs of individual medics, and maintain a variety of social media outreach to medics across Georgia and the United States.

EMS personnel have the highest levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and accompanying high rates of suicides and other, less than immediately lethal self-destructive disorders, of any workers within the public safety professions. The negative emotional and psychological aspects of stress accumulate at an accelerated rate with continued exposure to stress inducing situations. EMS crews frequently respond to high energy, highly stressful situations multiple times per each shift that they work, often working such calls “back to back” or during late night/early morning hours.

One way to understand what they go through is to consider this - the day you have to call 911 because of a medical emergency is often one of the worst days you have ever experienced. These crews experience your worst day, every hour of every 8, 12, or 24 hour shift that they work, every duty day of their entire career.

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