Odenton Fire Company Members Receives Outstanding Member of the Quarter
On January 9, 2024, Ambulance Technician Shelly Giddings-Laing received the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Outstanding Member of the Quarter Award for the Fourth Quarter of 2023.
Shelly joined the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company (OVFC) in July 2020 with the goal of becoming an Emergency Medical Services provider. Unfortunately, with the restrictions on training due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she couldn’t take the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic Course until 2022. She completed EMT in August 2022 and was fully cleared to respond as an Ambulance Technician in October 2022.
OVFC is required by County response policies to staff the ambulance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On weekday evenings (1524 to 0700 hours) and on weekends, this obligation falls primarily to the volunteer members since there is limited career staffing. Shelly has stepped up to be one of the top ambulance responders to ensure that OVFC provides this vital service. She is the regular ambulance aide on Thursday evenings, consistently arriving early to relieve the career staff from the ambulance. She willingly comes in at other times to cover vacancies. Through November 30 of 2023, Shelly has worked 66 shifts totaling 742 hours, and responded to 206 ambulance calls. She demonstrates excellent EMT skills and compassionate patient care. She prepares thorough Patient Care Reports and ensures that the ambulance is properly maintained. Her next step will be an ambulance driver.
The OVFC is very fortunate to have enthusiastic volunteer members like Shelly to provide essential services to the community.