Each year National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week honors the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on medicine’s "front line." The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System will join fire and rescue agencies across the Country to celebrate National EMS Week from May 17 – 23, 2020.
This year’s EMS Week theme is “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow.” First responders take pride in always being ready. Ready to go. Ready to help. Ready to face whatever situation awaits us on the scene. This intrinsic preparedness has never been more critical than during the COVID-19 health pandemic.
National EMS Week also presents a timely opportunity for communities to give special thanks and gratitude to all EMS practitioners who continue to serve on the front lines of our nation’s war on COVID-19. EMS practitioners are responding to calls for help from patients with suspected or positively diagnosed coronavirus, in addition to 9-1-1 calls for patients with severe injuries and illness, such as cardiac arrests and strokes. In serving their patients, thousands of EMS practitioners have contracted COVID-19 and even more have had to self-quarantine away from their families after an exposure. Many of our brave Paramedics and EMTs have died in the line of duty from COVID-19.
It is especially important to remember that EMS is a vital element of our nation’s health care, public health, and public safety systems. Every day, 24/7, in every community, EMS providers respond to patient calls for help when they have had an accident or are experiencing a medical emergency.
“I am incredibly proud of our EMS providers,” said Fire Chief Keith H. Johnson. “We don’t need to look very far to understand the risk and dangers we all face. The EMS providers who tested positive for the coronavirus and those under quarantine here in Loudoun County clearly show the real dangers these responders are facing on each and every emergency incident. However, it also points to the selfless dedication, commitment, and professionalism that each of these EMS providers demonstrate on behalf of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.”
In lieu of open houses typically hosted at fire and rescue stations across the County, we will be taking our appreciation efforts online. LC-CFRS encourages the public to tune into our various social media platforms and join us as we show thanks and gratitude to these selfless heroes. For more information, visit us online at loudoun.gov/fire.
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