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FOR RELEASE: May 10, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Health Officials Recognize Emergency Medical Services Week

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is observing National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 20 – 26, as a way of honoring the more than 750,000 EMS providers nationwide who deliver lifesaving emergency care. Oklahoma currently has nearly 10,000 licensed Emergency Medical Technicians - Basic, Intermediate and Paramedic providers and 30,000 certified First Responders that provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The EMS Week theme this year, Answering the Call, speaks to the commitment EMS providers make to answer the needs in their communities, and the countless ways they work to protect the health and physical well-being of Oklahomans. These individuals are dedicated to providing rapid, quality medical care throughout the state under very challenging conditions. Emergency medical services teams consist of emergency physicians, medical nurses, technicians, paramedics, educators, administrators and others.

“EMS Week honors the lifesaving care EMS providers offer nationwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a unique opportunity to recognize the responsiveness, passion and commitment of EMS providers through local activities and ceremonies,” said Jerry Regier, Acting Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Human Services. “Also, EMS Week is a good opportunity to educate the public about community service and recognize the heroic efforts of EMS providers.”

Statewide and local activities that honor EMS providers and educate the public will be held throughout the week. In Oklahoma City, activities will be held Monday, May 21, through Friday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the State Capitol.

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