SMITHSBURG —The Fort Ritchie Community Center and Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. have entered into a partnership that will allow emergency medical personnel to have access to the community center’s fitness area.
Since the Fort Ritchie Community Center opened in 2008, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services has placed medical personnel on standby at the center’s events, according to a news release from the organizations.
The Fort Ritchie Community Center returned the favor by allowing Smithsburg medical personnel to have free access to the community center’s fitness area, the release said.
The Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services building on Maple Avenue was built 22 years ago, and tremendous growth and greater need for medical services has taken its toll on the building, said James Ulrich, chief of operations for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services.
The building was never designed to hold exercise equipment, Ulrich said.
The partnership, which went into effect June 1, is important because emergency medical providers have to be physically fit to lift patients and to transport equipment, the release said.
“We value the contribution of SEMS volunteers in the community we serve,” said Bob Spence, executive director of the Fort Ritchie Community Center.