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May 5, 2009

Carol Jorgensen, North Central Nebraska Emergency Medical Specialist, 1-800-642-4095
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047, cell (402) 416-9388 or

Time to Celebrate EMS Week! 
May 17 – 23, 2009

Lincoln - National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is a week that brings together local communities and medical personnel in honor of the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."   

EMS Week is a time of year to honor and celebrate First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, dispatchers, supervisors and educators—everyone who helps make your EMS service run smoothly all year long.

Emergency vehicles in motion can be frightening to the average person.  Even worse, emergencies themselves — when a loved one is seriously ill or injured — can make even the toughest fearful.  EMS personnel are simply people, doing their jobs or volunteering their time to help others.  EMS personnel are not scary, even though they deal with scary situations.  EMS personnel are not threatening, even though medical emergencies may threaten patients’ lives.  EMS personnel are not always pushing people out of the way, even though emergencies demand fast action and energies to be focused on the patient.

Why does an individual become involved in EMS?  EMS personnel do it because it gives them a chance to help others.  EMS allows people to give back to the communities they love.  To those who are involved in Emergency Medical Services, thank you!  Thank you for your dedication and the skills that you provide to the community!   

Emergency Medical Services for Children Bear Don’t Forget EMSC Day!
May 20, 2009

EMSC stands for Emergency Medical Services for Children.  This annual observance draws attention to the specialized need for pediatric emergency care, to ensure that every child in the nation receives the highest quality emergency care possible.