Last week, at our monthly business meeting the Director of Outreach and Coalition for Congressman Robert Hurt presented us with a letter signed by the Congressman in recognition of National EMS Week, and thanking us for our commitment to protecting our community. The letter, in part, reads: “We owe much gratitude to our community first responders. Your heroic service to our local communities across Virginia’s Fifth District and this country is so important, and we are forever grateful for your commitment to protect us each and every day”.
Thank you for the acknowledgement Congressman! We appreciate the kind words, and will continue to proudly serve our community!
The History of EMS Week
The U.S. Congress authorized the Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) Act of 1973. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed this bill and appointed David R. Boyd as the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services Systems (DEMSS), Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Boyd convinced President Ford to proclaim "Emergency Medical Services Week" and to host a White House Conference on EMS. Gerald Ford is the "Hero" of the national EMS story, a true believer who supported EMS during difficult political, economic, and budgetary times. [https://www.naemt.org/about_ems/EMShistory.aspx]
2016 Presidential Proclamation:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016
Presidential Proclamation -- Emergency Medical Services Week, 2016
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Every day across our Nation, women and men sacrifice precious time with their loved ones, working long and hard to provide emergency medical services (EMS) to people they have never met before. Often operating in the midst of trauma and heartbreak, these professionals deliver urgent and essential care, saving lives and upholding a timeless belief that defines who we are as Americans -- that we all must look out for one another. This week, we recognize the daily heroism of our EMS professionals at all levels, and we express our gratitude for their efforts to keep us healthy and safe.
Embodying the grit, compassion, and courage that has driven our Nation forward since its founding, our emergency medical technicians, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, nurses, physicians, EMS medical directors, firefighters, and law enforcement officers reflect a spirit of selflessness that makes us all strive to live up to their example. Their families stand beside them, enduring extraordinary anticipation and exercising sincere patience each day. As the steady anchors in an otherwise unpredictable daily routine, these families offer unwavering support for EMS practitioners -- giving them the support and strength necessary to fulfill the demands of their unending work.
EMS providers brave danger and uncertainty, and their efforts deserve our most profound appreciation. We rarely know when tragedy will strike, and in our most vulnerable moments, we rely on these dedicated professionals. During Emergency Medical Services Week, let us celebrate and support the EMS professionals who demonstrate the values at the heart of the American spirit, and let us thank them for their heroic work.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 15 through May 21, 2016, as Emergency Medical Services Week. I encourage all Americans to observe this occasion by showing their support for their local EMS providers and taking steps to improve their own personal safety and preparedness.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.