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Observe National EMS Week

May 20, 2013
Estherville Daily News

The American College of Emergency Physicians is recognizing May 19-25 as National EMS Week, a time to recognize those emergency services professionals who are often the line between life and death in the event of an emergency.

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared Nov. 3-10, 1974 as the first "National Emergency Medical Services Week." This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982.

Locally, we have an excellent EMS service - the envy of emergency medical services nationwide. Where else can you find immediate medical service attention - and in a rural area no less.

These EMS professionals continue to train year in and year out to provide the best in emergency medical care. They're the safety net that saves lives.

And many of them are volunteers, offering their time just because they care about their community.

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