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5/21/13: Erie County Proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week


Part of National Observation Supporting & Honoring Emergency Services Personnel

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe was joined by Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth, Jr., Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, emergency services personnel from around Erie County, and concerned citizens in proclaiming “EMS Week” in Erie County. National EMS Week 2013 is observed from May 19 – 25, and serves to educate the public on the lifesaving teamwork provided by emergency responders while honoring the responders themselves. The theme of this year’s observation is “E.M.S.: One Mission. One Team.”

“This week provides an excellent opportunity to recognize and appreciate the selfless work of emergency personnel in Erie County,” said Deputy County Executive Tobe. “In a crisis situation, first responders are on the scene to bring their lifesaving training and skills to bear, assisting in whatever way the situation demands. Their contributions and commitment to our community should be celebrated and supported every day.”

EMS week is designed to highlight and support the teamwork of Dispatchers, Emergency Medical Technicians (“EMTs”), Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Department Professionals across the country. The week also serves to educate the public on the training, professional development, and education that all emergency personnel complete to capably 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 said, “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.”