HUDSON — The leader of the city’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department is inviting both community members and prospective EMTs and paramedics to attend an open house event this Sunday.

The city’s third annual EMS Open House is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Safety Center, 40 South Oviatt St.

Hudson Fire and EMS Chief Jerry Varnes said his department first staged the event in 2017, and hosts it in conjunction with National EMS Week, which is  May 19-25. He estimated that about 300 people attended the 2018 event.

Varnes said anyone who is interested in working or volunteering for Hudson EMS as an EMT or a paramedic will be able to pick up handouts about the department, as well as meet city EMS staffers and ask questions.

"We are always looking for volunteer EMTs or paramedics," said Varnes. "We have no specific number we are looking for. The more qualified and certified personnel available, the better."

This will be a family-friendly event where visitors can tour the Hudson EMS building, step inside an ambulance, learn the basics of CPR and watch personnel demonstrate the use of a powered ambulance cot.

Varnes said that, "with the touch of a button," the cot can lift and load a patient into an ambulance. This machine — which can hold up to 700 pounds —  is a "very important tool to assist with saving our EMS members from potential back injuries," added Varnes.

In 2017, the EMS department received its second powered ambulance cot thanks to a $34,800 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and an $8,000 donation from EMS Outreach of Hudson.

Open house attendees will have a chance to view a basic CPR demonstration and then try their hand at performing the life—saving technique. Varnes said while visitors will not be able to earn certification in CPR, they will have the opportunity to sign up for a course.

There will also be a bounce house for children, as well as free food and drinks.

Hudson EMS responds to more than 1,700 emergency call on an annual basis.

For more information on this event, call 330-342-1840 and ask for Cindy.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.