Emergency Medical Services Week 2015

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 services for children is the high-level emergency care given by EMS providers with pediatric emergency skills; 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 35,000 Emergency Medical Services providers and over 650 agencies, who provide for the well-being and safety of our Commonwealth’s families and communities;

WHEREAS, this year’s theme “EMS STRONG” represents that indispensable role that first responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics play in our health and safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 17-23, 2015, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.