Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Westminster Fire Department: Public safety personnel gather at Westminster Fire Hall for mark National EMS Week
Public safety personnel gather at Westminster Fire Hall for mark National EMS Week
By Kevin Dayhoff http://www.westminstervfd.org/news/fullstory/news/Westminster-Carroll-County-Maryland-National-EMS-Week-Firefighter-recognition-observed
Westminster Volunteer Fire Department EMS providers Laura Tyler, left, and Jared Davis, right, review a proclamation for National EMS Week by Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This week, May 20 – May 26, is National EMS Week when emergency medical crews in Carroll County and throughout the country are honored for their work.
To mark the occasion, emergency medical services providers, firefighters, and administrative personnel at the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 gathered for a luncheon Tuesday in the day room of firehouse.
A proclamation by Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz was presented that noted that emergency medical services are a vital public service and that members of the EMS teams “are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week…”
EMS personnel are often on the front line and are among the first to arrive upon the scene of an accident, medical emergency or natural disaster.
Whether it is an injury as the result of a crime, home or workplace accident, a fire, automobile accident, heart attack, or a natural disaster, EMS personnel arrive in minutes to attend to the sick or injured on site and see to it that the patients are safely transported to the hospital.
EMS Week dates back to when President Gerald Ford first declared November 3 – 10, 1974 National Emergency Medical Services Week. Over the years, the week to recognize the work of EMS personnel moved to various dates in the calendar year before it was settled in 1992 to be the 3rd week in May.
This year’s theme for National EMS Week is “EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling.” To listen to the public safety personnel at the luncheon, it is obvious that putting aside their own personal safety to save the lives of others is a calling – especially for the many EMS providers who volunteer their services for the Westminster fire department or any of the fourteen volunteer departments in Carroll County.
See also: http://www.westminstervfd.org/news/fullstory/news/Westminster-Carroll-County-Maryland-National-EMS-Week-Firefighter-recognition-observed
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