Christie Administration Recognizes Valiant Services of EMS Professionals during Emergency Medical Services Week

procMarking National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd thanked the more than 28,000 EMS providers throughout New Jersey for their commitment and dedication to service.

“New Jersey’s EMS professionals put their lives on the line every day to respond to more than one million calls and are available around the clock,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “The work they do daily, as well as during extreme weather events like hurricanes, floods and snow storms, saves lives. It is fitting that we are recognize and honor their valiant and distinguished service during National Emergency Medical Services Week.”

Governor Chris Christie issued a proclamation expressing his appreciation to New Jersey’s EMS professionals for the services they provide to protect the health and save the lives of state residents.

This year marks the 40th year that the American College of Emergency Physicians is sponsoring National EMS Week in an effort to raise public awareness of the critical role emergency medical responders play around the country. The nationwide theme of the week is “EMS: Dedicated.For Life.”

During the week, Department of Health staff will visit EMS agencies around the state. A single day during the week, May 21, has been designated as EMS for Children Day, recognizing nationwide efforts to improve pediatric emergency care while encouraging everyone to be advocates for child safety and injury prevention.

Children require specific equipment, supplies, and medications that may not always be available in emergency systems designed for adults. Governor Christie also issued a proclamation emphasizing the importance of providing services to children. This year marks the 30-year celebration of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program nationally and the Department of Health’s 22nd anniversary of its EMSC program.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services was formed in 1967 and is one of the oldest such offices in the country.

New Jersey has more than 28,000 certified Emergency Medical Technicians staffing licensed and volunteer ambulance services. In addition, New Jersey has more than 1,600 certified paramedics who staff Mobile Intensive Care Units and respond to the most critically injured patients. [TLS]

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