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University of California, Irvine Police Department
Friday May 19th, 2017 :: 07:38 a.m. PDT
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National EMS Week: May 21 – 27, 2017

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

A lot has changed since then. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients' medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

So, next week, or any week for that matter, when you’re in the grocery store and you see an EMS practitioner in uniform thank them for their vital public service they provide to our communities every day.

For more information about National EMS Week visit

https://www.naemt.org/ems_agencies_audience/ems-week/celebrate-ems-week

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University of California, Irvine Police Department
410 East Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 949-824-5223

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