May 20-26, 2018 is the 44th annual EMS Week
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week on November 4, 1974 to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. Back then, EMS was a fledgling profession and EMS practitioners were only beginning to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.
A lot has changed over the last four decades. EMS is now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum, and the important role of EMS practitioners in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in showing caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.
The employees of Edmonson County Ambulance Service work diligently to provide high quality emergency pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of Edmonson County. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians receive continuing education on the latest advances in pre-hospital emergency medicine, enabling them to provide the best possible care for Edmonson County residents.
In observance of EMS Week, Judge Executive Wil Cannon has signed the proclamation below, specifically for the Edmonson County EMS.
This year’s theme is “EMS Strong: Stronger Together”. Please take a few moments to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their lives to providing life-saving care whenever and wherever it is needed.