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Emergency Medical Services Week

posted May 27, 2013, 7:49 AM by Charles Mitchell
The Fire & EMS Service in the United States celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week this year from May 19 through May 25.
In a proclamation from Barack Obama, the President encourages all Americans to observe this occasion by sharing their support with their local EMS providers, and taking steps to improve their personal safety and preparedness.
In his proclamation, the President said "In every corner of our country, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) practitioners are hard at work delivering hope and care to Americans in dire circumstances.  In the face of of chaos and tragedy, their steady hands provide vital, life-saving services, and their calm under pressure delivers comfort to neighbors in need.  During Emergency Medical Services Week, we pause to offer gratitude to these remarkable men and women, whose dedication is fundamental to our society's well-being."
The President went on to say "When Americans find themselves in times of crisis -- from car accidents to national tragedies -- our robust network of EMS professionals ensure that quality medical care is only moments away.  This week, let us recommit to supporting EMS personnel and thanking them for their heroic contributions to our lives."
The United States Fire Administration has issued the theme for Emergency Medical Services Week as One Mission, One Team.  The USFA has emphasized that the number one mission of the EMS team is to take every measure to ensure our health and safety, not just for EMS Week, but throughout the year.
In the spirit of EMS Week, Fire Chief John Rudd and EMS Deputy Chief Arman Fardanesh sponsored the 2013 Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co National EMS Week Barbeque.  This annual event was held at Fire Station 8 on Thursday, May 23.  The BBQ is one way the officers of the fire department say Thank You to our EMS crews.  Local businesses, including Bing's Bakery and Rita's Water Ice also provided treats for our personnel.
The demands for EMS from society continues to skyrocket.  Aetna expects to handle approximately 8,000 EMS incidents in 2013.  Multiple EMS crews man six (6) ambulances operated by the fire department 24 hours a day.  The pressure of continuing education and recertification for our personnel, along with constant recruitment of new members is a challenge for the fire department. 
The motto of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark is Service for Others.  On Thursday the fire department members, in celebration of Aetna's 125th Anniversary, relaxed for a short time to enjoy grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and tasty treats in the observance of Emergency Medical Services Week.