05/19/2009: "EMS Week Honors EMTs"
press release The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has proclaimed the week of May 17-23, 2009 as the 36th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. The event honors the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services in their communities.
The 2009 EMS Week theme, "A Proud Partner in Your Community," salutes the excellent services provided every day, under often challenging circumstances, by the 40 EMTs and paramedics of San Juan Island EMS and their 750,000 colleagues nationwide.
“EMS providers are a critical assetin every community, taking care of you in your hour of need before you even get to the emergency department,” said Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the ACEP. “Emergency physicians depend on the excellent work and unselfish commitment these men and women bring to their jobs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For this they deserve everyone’s recognition and thanks.”
“I congratulate all the members of our EMS team for their dedication and professional patient care. We are proud to be continually increasing the range and volume of services we provide to the community,” said Jim Cole, Chief of San Juan Island EMS. “The newly added skills of our staff, further modernized equipment, additional transport options, expanded training, and community injury prevention programs are all elements of the ever-growing scope of San Juan Island EMS.”
San Juan Island EMS is the tax supported, county EMS agency serving the residents and visitors of San Juan Island, Town of Friday Harbor, Brown Island, Stuart Island, Johns Island, Speiden Island, Pearl Island and Henry Island in San Juan County, Washington. It provides emergency medical services, critical care transport, and injury and accident prevention. The staff of career paramedics and volunteer EMTs is available twenty-four hour a day.