Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week will be observed from May 17 to May 23 in Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad will declare EMS week through signing a proclamation next week.

With this year’s theme -‘EMS Strong,’ the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and the EMS providers will recognize the significance of emergency medical care providers.

The number of volunteer is more than half among 10,981 EMS providers in Iowa. EMS providers replied to 288,209 service calls in 2014. Out-of-hospital emergency care, they provides services that include heart attacks, broken legs, or children having trouble breathing.

“Without question, the men and women who serve as EMS providers embody this year’s EMS Week theme,” stated IDPH Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services chief Rebecca Curtiss.

“These selfless individuals respond 24 hours every day to patients and communities in need. Iowa’s EMS system is, indeed, strong,” she added.

There will have several activities on the observance of EMS week around Iowa.



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