Versailles, KY (May 21, 2012) –Governor Steve Beshear has issued a proclamation honoring the work and important contributions of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems throughout the state. The week of May 20-26, 2012 is National EMS Week and May 23 is recognized as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) day.
The national theme of this year’s annual EMS Week observance is "EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling." The goal of EMS Week is to bring together communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, educate the public about their local EMS system, and to honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on medicine's front line.
With the simple push of three common numbers (9-1-1), the citizens of the Commonwealth are assured of receiving high quality emergency medical care in a matter of minutes.
The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) brings lifesaving, emergency medical care to the Commonwealth by certifying First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians, providing licenses to Paramedics and Ambulance Services and establishing standards for education and training of Emergency Medical Services personnel. KBEMS is also a participant in the EMS for Children (EMSC) Program. The Kentucky EMSC project encourages providers to improve their pediatric skills and increase public awareness regarding the health and safety of children.
EMS Week events and celebrations are happening around the Commonwealth and the nation. Check with your local EMS Agency to see what is happening in your area.
KBEMS encourages the general public to take a moment this week to remember those EMS providers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
For more information on KBEMS visit kbems.kctcs.edu