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5/19/14: Poloncarz, Neaverth Kick Off EMS Week in Erie County


40th Annual National Observation Honors & Supports Emergency Medical Services Personnel

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Dan Neaverth, Jr., Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, and emergency services personnel from around Erie County to proclaim “EMS Week” in Erie County. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, National EMS Week 2014 is observed from May 18 – 24 as a way to celebrate and honor Emergency Medical Service practitioners across the country whose service to their communities is a vital part of our nation’s overall emergency response.

“EMS personnel are the first responders, the men and women who provide care and support at the most critical time and who lead in crisis situations,” said Poloncarz. “When seconds count, they are on the scene utilizing their lifesaving training and unique skill sets to assess the situation and assist however necessary. EMS personnel are an invaluable asset to our community and are true heroes among us.”

President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week in 1974 as a way to celebrate EMS practitioners and the vital work they do in responding to medical emergencies. At the time, EMS workers were only beginning to develop into the critical components of the public health safety net that they are today. EMS week highlights the teamwork of Dispatchers, Emergency Medical Technicians, Firefighters, Paramedics, and all Emergency Department professionals. The week also provides an opportunity for public education on the ongoing professional development, training, and education that all emergency personnel complete to handle emergency situations.

Commissioner Neaverth, Jr. said, “We would like to salute the thousands of paid and unpaid EMS professionals that selflessly dedicate themselves to serving our community. From the initial dispatch to the response by EMS and Fire, to the transport and emergency room care, this team effort assures county residents timely, definitive care 24/7, 365 days a year.”

Commissioner Burstein added, “I am pleased to recognize our Erie County First Responders, from our dispatchers that respond to calls, to our emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics and emergency personnel in our local hospitals. They are on the front line in emergencies and disasters, and it’s an honor to pay tribute to them for their dedication and commitment to our community.”

For more information:

On the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, visit   http://www2.erie.gov/emergencyservices/

On the Erie County Department of Health, visit   http://www2.erie.gov/health/