|||Emergency medical services is a vital public service.|
|||The members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.|
|||Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.|
|||The emergency medical services system consist of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others.|
|||The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.|
|||It is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week.|
|||The members of Ashland Fire & Rescue are joined by other concerned citizens of Ashland, as well as businesses, schools, service clubs, and organizations in their emergency medical services efforts.|
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council and Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Ashland, hereby proclaim the week of May 16 - 22, 2004 as:
NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK
and call upon the people of Ashland to celebrate the accomplishments of EMS providers, and to remember, as the 2004 National Emergency Medical Services Week theme suggests:
"EMS: THERE WHEN YOU NEED US"
Dated this 18th day of May, 2004.
Alan DeBoer, Mayor
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
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