Council Proclaims May 19-25 EMS Week

EMS staff members as well as Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, center, accept a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti, right, during the Tuesday night council work session. The proclamation declares May 19-25 Emergency Medical Services Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week during its Tuesday night council worksession at the White Rock Fire Station.
Councilor Randall Ryti read the proclamation, which states:
WHEREAS:  Emergency medical services is a vital public service; the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need 24/7; and
WHEREAS:  Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience a sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS:  Emergency medical services have grown to fill a gap by providing important, out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow up care, and access to telemedicine; the emergency medical services system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out-of-hospital medical care providers; and
WHEREAS:  Members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their life-saving skills; and
WHEREAS:  It is appropriate to recognize the value and accomplishments of these dedicated individuals during Emergency Medical Services Week;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim May 19-25, 2019 as
in Los Alamos County, and extend our thanks and gratitude to all emergency medical services providers.