National Organization Supports Efforts of Emergency Professionals

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National Registration of Emergency Medical Technicians

A mental health professional who previously worked with the Children’s National Medical Center and the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Todd Belok currently serves as a mental health technician at Episcopal Hospital Public. As a registered EMT, Todd Belok maintains membership in organizations such as the National Registration of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Established in 1970 in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s recommendation for a national certification agency to provide uniform standards for emergency personnel, the NREMT continues to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. In many cases, states require that EMS-certified professionals also maintain certification with the NREMT, strengthening the relationship between the two.

EMS professionals include the dispatchers who answer calls to 911 and help identify the callers’ needs prior to sending out trained first responders, paramedics, or other personnel. These professionals may belong to local ambulance services, fire departments, or government programs. In addition, they may volunteer or receive payment for their services. Regardless of the status of EMS personnel, however, NREMT advocates for every citizen to support them in their work. The organization also encourages those who can to get involved in EMS.


Consider Backpacking at Torres del Paine in Patagonia


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A mental health professional with Episcopal Hospital Public, Todd Belok also maintains certification as an emergency medical technician. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys traveling, and he recently completed a week-long backpacking trip in Patagonia, Chile.

Located 1,500 miles south of Santiago in Patagonia, the Torres del Paine hike covers 52 miles of terrain with spectacular views of wildlife such as the llama-like guanacos and scenery ranging from glaciers to the enormous granite pillars that give the trail its name. The reality far surpasses any pictures. Those wanting a shorter hike (requiring only about four days) can take the W route. Begin in the west and travel east for the best views. The other option, known as the Circuit, includes the rear section of the park as well as the W and requires at least a week. Both trails have clear signposts.

Backpackers can choose to stay at free campsites along the way but should be aware of their scarcity and plan on arriving early. People also can stay at some of the paid camps or in the dorms at the refugios for a more expensive yet comfortable option.