2017 Emergency Medical Services Week


WHEREAS, the health, safety, and security of Virginians is important to the prosperity and welfare of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS,  first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to dramatically improve the survival and recovery rate of those in sudden need of care; and

WHEREAS, emergency medical responders are supported by emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, educators, administrators, researchers, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, and others; and

WHEREAS, the people of our great Commonwealth are thankful for the work of more than 34,000 Emergency Medical Services providers and over 630 agencies, who provide for the well-being and safety of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Always in Service” represents emergency medical services provider’s incredible commitment to being prepared to respond at a moment’s notice, to continuing the necessary education to deliver the highest quality prehospital care, and to always providing community outreach that promotes and protects the health of all Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 21-27, 2017, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.