40 Years of Dedication: National EMS Week – May 18-24, 2014
National EMS Week
May 18-24, 2014
THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40TH time the people of the United States have come together to celebrate the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professions — especially the EMTs and Paramedics who provide the backbone of pre-hospital care in this nation. President Gerald Ford signed legislation authorizing EMS Week in 1973 and the first weeklong celebration took place in May 1974. EMS was still in its infancy then, with organized systems of care and the concept of emergency medical technicians and paramedics just starting to take root in diverse spots around the country.
Between the years of 1983-1985, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department began requiring firefighting personnel obtain dual certification as Emergency Medical Technicians along with their compliance certificates through the State of Florida for Minimum Standards of Firefighting. This allowed our department to increase our service capabilities and more effectively respond to and treat the emergency medical needs of our citizens. Later in 1996, our city embraced a major service level enhancement, elevating the pre-hospital emergency medical care we provide to our community to the level of Paramedic. Now, all Titusville fire and emergency apparatus are Advanced Life Support capable. Paramedic certification is now a permanent combat employment requirement.
The motto of this year’s EMS Week celebration is: EMS. Dedicated. For Life.
During this week, please think about the pre-hospital medical professionals who are available 24/7/365 to respond to your 9-1-1 call and provide you with life-saving service. Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department motto is: Service doesn’t come from a manual—it comes from the heart. Our employees are here and ready to serve whenever you need us.
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