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Posted on: May 22, 2017

43rd Annual EMS Week; May 21-27

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week to celebrate EMS practitioners (EMTs) and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

A lot has changed since 1974. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness; providing both basic and advanced medical at the scene of the emergency and en route to a hospital.

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

Please join me in thanking the staff of Watertown Fire Rescue and surrounding EMS agencies for providing our communities with pre-hospital emergency services with dedication and professionalism.

Doug Kranz
Fire Chief
Watertown Fire Rescue
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