It might surprise you, but there are far more ERS’s (Emergency Response Services) services than you might think. Most people know the police or ambulance, but what about cave rescue, coast guard, or the Chemical specialist response team? There really are lots more than you might think and they are all done by amazing people who save lives daily without prejudice or judgement and I applaud all of them. If you appreciate ERS’s as much as I do you might enjoy these ten facts about them and some funny cat pictures to accompany them…
ARMY FACT: The Department of Defence employs about 1.8 million people on active duty and is the single largest employer in the United States, with more employees than Ford, General Motors, and GE combined!
CDC FACT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health institute of the United States and its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability.
CAVE RESCUE FACT: Cave rescues are slow, deliberate operations that require both a high level of organised teamwork and good communications. The extremes of the cave environment dictate every aspect of a cave rescue.
NAVY FACT: The navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter.
BOMB DISPOSAL FACT: The New York City Police Department established its first bomb squad in 1903 and it was known as the “Italian Squad”, its primary mission was to deal with dynamite bombs used by the Mafia!
COASTGUARD FACT: Jeff Bridges enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves at the age of 18 and served for eight years!
DOCTOR FACT: To become a doctor one must spend four years in college earning a bachelor’s degree. This must be followed by four years of medical school and then three to eight years of internship and residency depending on speciality.
FIRE BRIGADE FACT: The fire services have undergone significant changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational procedures in the light of terrorist attacks and threats.
POLICE FACT: In his book “Breaking With the Law” Ward Clapham discovered the best way to make a breakthrough in keeping the peace was by not doing things that were ineffective and unproductive, so he started to reward people for doing right!
RAF FACT: The RAF’s mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence which include the fight against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security for everyone!
Do you know any other facts about Emergency Response Services? If you do why not tell us in the comments below.