Sypherd Honored with Rising Star Award for EMS Work

Written by on September 3, 2019

Washakie County Ambulance Service Director Luke Sypherd was one of five recipients of the Rising Star Award from the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services during the 49th Annual Wyoming Trauma and EMS Conference held in Cheyenne, August 14th through 17th.

The Rising Star Award is presented to EMS providers in recognition of their contributions to emergency medical services during the past year. Awardees must have demonstrated outstanding potential as an EMS leader. Sypherd was particularly recognized for his efforts in organizing the new Wyoming EMS Association–as well as his submission of an application for an EMS Needs Assessment in Washakie County.

Sypherd began working for Washakie County in May of 2018. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic with a bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine and a master’s in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Luke is one of the founders of the Wyoming
Emergency Medical Services Association and currently serves as President of the organization. The Wyoming EMS Association is the only association that represents EMS agencies and prehospital providers throughout Wyoming. Its goal is to improve EMS in Wyoming through networking–education–and legislative advocacy.

As the requirements to obtain and maintain an EMS license increase, it becomes more difficult to find volunteer EMTs. Add that to an ever-increasing call volume and EMS systems all over the country find themselves struggling with staffing and funding. To address this issue, the State of Wyoming created the EMS Needs Assessment Grant, which provides funding to evaluate the sustainability of EMS systems within Wyoming. Several Wyoming counties have been evaluated and have subsequently implemented the recommendations with great success.

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