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Chief’s Corner: Emergency Medical Services Week is here

Mike Brown

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do responding to medical emergencies.

Coming on the heels of Congress passing the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act, the first EMS Week celebrations were held when EMS was a fledgling industry.

EMS practitioners were only beginning to emerge as a critical component of emergency medicine, the public health safety net and in helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of communities.

A lot has changed over the last four decades. EMS is now recognized for its role in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in setting the stage for a positive care experience — not just through medical skill, but by showing caring and compassion to patients in scary, distressing situations.

This week, May 18-24, is the 41st annual EMS Week, and the theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life." This special week acknowledges the outstanding services performed by our first responders nationwide.

This annual event brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor those that serve on the front line, providing day to day life-saving services for those in need.

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Our dedication to the mission of providing round-the-clock care for our community is something we take very seriously. Our partnerships with local and regional medical facilities and law enforcement are an integral piece to the end result of quality patient care."

The Fire District will be hosting ambulance tours at the schools to educate students about the Emergency Medical System, how to recognize a medical emergency and the importance of dialing 911 in case of a medical emergency.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.