FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/21/13) – Their actions are crucial during an emergency and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams are the front line of patient care for accidents, injuries or sudden illness. Trained first responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics provide lifesaving care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. May 19-25, 2013 is set aside as a week to recognize the public service these men and women provide.
The theme of National EMS Week 2013 is “EMS: One Mission. One team.” The designation recognizes the hard work of both career and volunteer EMS agencies. To promote the specialized care for the smallest patients, May 22, 2013 is recognized as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) day.
The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) encourages the public to use this week as an opportunity to recognize the critical role of EMS responders and agencies. KBEMS oversees credentialing of all EMS Responders and inspections of all EMS agencies and ambulances licensed in Kentucky.
KBEMS reported in Kentucky for 2012:
• 1,235 licensed ambulances
• 223 total EMS agencies
• 167 Advanced Life Support (ALS) agencies
For more information on KBEMS visit kbems.kctcs.edu.
Information provided by Kristi Middleton
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