This year's National EMS Week presents a timely opportunity for our
community to give special thanks and gratitude to all Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) providers who have been and continue to serve on the front
lines of our nation's war on the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS providers
are responding to calls for help from patients with suspected or positively
diagnosed coronavirus, in addition to 9-1-1 calls for patients with severe
injuries and illness, such as cardiac arrests and strokes.
EMS is a vital element of our county's health care, public health,
and public safety systems. Every day, EMS responds to patient calls for
help when they have had an accident or are experiencing a medical emergency,
including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall, drowning, stroke,
drug overdose or acute illness. As strongly demonstrated during this pandemic,
EMS is an integral component of our community's ability to respond
to public health crises.
EMS also serves as a health care safety net by providing emergent, urgent
and preventive medical care as the first step of the health care continuum.
EMS fills health care gaps with cost-effective, 24/7 medical care that
assesses and navigates patients to the right care, in the right place,
and at the right time.
Please join us in saying “Thank you” to everyone on our EMS
team and Emergency Department Technicians. Thank you for your compassion,
caring and devotion to patient care. Thank you for working long shifts
and responding quickly during late night hours. Thank you for taking time
away from your families to take care of our community members 24/7. Thank
you for being there and comforting us in our time of need. Thank you for
risking your safety. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for your commitment.