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DSC_1396_EditThe Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 20 through May 26, 2018, as Emergency Medical Services Week.  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a comprehensive system of care that begins with an immediate response to a medical situation.

Douglas County Fire Chief Scott Spencer presented the proclamation before the Board of Commission meeting on May 14, 2018, and stated that Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service for the community of Douglas County.  The proclamation stressed the importance of each member of the EMS system which consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, trained members of the public, and other out of hospital medical care providers.

These members are consistently providing lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the service of EMS that dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

Whether career or volunteer-based, members of EMS engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to properly prepare and enhance skills specific to assist any citizen in any given situation. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners believes it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week.

The Board of Commissioners also encourages citizens to pay special tribute to the emergency medical personnel. The members of emergency medical services are “EMS Strong: Strong Together” and Douglas County is safe and stronger due to their service to the community.

For more information, you can contact Communications and Community Relations Director, Rick Martin at 770-920-7303 and email at rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us.

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