Tricounty News

Honoring lifesaving efforts of EMS and police

The Stearns County Emergency Medical Services Task Force is preparing for a weeklong recognition of those who deliver lifesaving care. National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is scheduled for May 15-21.

During this week, the Stearns

County EMS Task Force of the Stearns County Human Services Advisory Committee would like to thank all the EMS providers in our area. These 'Extraordinary' people are there, 24/7, when their community needs them. Please join Stearns County and say 'thank you' to your local EMS providers.

EMS is a vital public service, a system of care for victims of sudden illness or injury. This system depends on the availability and coordination of many different elements, ranging from an informed public capable of recognizing medical emergencies to a network of trauma centers capable of providing highly specialized care to the most seriously injured. The 9-1-1 emergency number, pre-hospital and emergency department personnel are some of the critical elements necessary for the EMS system to work.

This year's EMS Week theme is "Everyday Heroes." Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical "front line."

Stearns County has 53 EMS agencies, which consist of fire departments, first responder units, ambulance services, and police departments.