NEW CASTLE, Del. -- The New Castle County Paramedics have appointed the first chaplain to the Emergency Medical Services Division. Reverend John C. McVoy, III of the Diocese of Wilmington has been designated as the chaplain for the New Castle County Paramedics. Father McVoy is a hospital chaplain at Christiana Care Health Systems, and resides at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. He is also the assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s Church, also in Wilmington.
“The types of situations encountered by the paramedics on a daily basis would be shocking to most citizens,” said County Executive Thomas P. Gordon. “It’s great that they will have a chaplain to assist in monitoring and caring for the well-being of our paramedics.”
The designation of chaplain is an honorary role within the Emergency Medical Services Division, similar to the chaplain assigned to the New Castle County Police, and is not a salaried position within the Department of Public Safety. The EMS chaplain provides a broad and diverse range of services including care and support to staff regarding critical incidents, stress management, loss/grief and other personal or professional concerns brought forward by the paramedics.
“We are grateful to have found someone with Father McVoy’s experience and background that was willing to assist our personnel,” said Chief Lawrence E. Tan of the New Castle County Paramedics. “He is a welcome addition to support our field paramedics, whether the assistance needed is for professional or personal reasons.”
New Castle County EMS is a career paramedic service within the county Department of Public Safety that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). The agency has an authorized staff of 117 personnel, which includes 95 paramedics and 8 field supervisors.