This year's theme is "Rising to the Challenge"
This is National EMS Week, and Supervisor Frank Hart has signed a proclamation recognizing the week as Emergency Medical Services Week in Union County, for May 15-21. The proclamation notes that EMS is a vital public service, with the EMS employees ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24/7. It also notes that access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury. It also fills a gap by providing important, out-of-hospital care, including preventive medicine, follow-up care, and access to telemedicine. The proclamation notes that the emergency medical services system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out-of-hospital medical care providers. Those members of EMS teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. This year’s EMS Week theme is Rising to the Challenge. Several events will be held this week in honor of the EMS workers.