MAY 21-27, 2017 IS THE 43RD ANNUAL NATIONAL EMS WEEK
THE VILLAGE OF RHINEBECK EMS IS A CRITCAL PART OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR THE VILLAGE AND TOWN OF RHINEBECK AND MUTUAL AID TO OTHER DISTRICTS.
EMS Week brings together the community and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.
A lot has changed since then. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug
overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and enroute to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients’ medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.
In recognition of EMS Week –
Heather Fraleigh (EMT-P with us and NDP) was just awarded ALS Provider of the Year by the Dutchess County EMS Council.