Letters to the Editor 2019

To the Editor: 

Cape May, the oldest seashore resort in the nation, attracts thousands of visitors each summer. Tourists and residents alike should feel protected on the beach and know that they will have prompt and proper medical care regardless of any injury or illness that may occur.

The Cape May Beach Patrol and Cape May Fire Department have done a fantastic job at providing safety and care to patrons each year; however, there is always room for improvement.

There is an inherent need to have emergency medical services (EMS), paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on the beachfront. Currently, there are only EMTs with immediate access to the bathing public.

When you go to a professional football game, large concert, or other major public events, there are a required number of both paramedics and EMTs on duty in case a person suffers an injury or illness. Why wouldn’t there be the same requirement for the public beachfront, which attracts millions of visitors each year?

On the beach, people are engaging in activities like swimming, surfing, body-boarding, bodysurfing, kayaking, and running in the hot summer sun. The activities and behaviors that occur can be risky, and this is especially true in the adolescent male population.

Advanced EMS, i.e., paramedics on the beachfront will allow for immediate care and overall better outcomes for the beachgoers.