On Monday, April 17, 2021, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners presented a Proclamation to Bladen County EMS Director David Howell. The Board has designated the week of May 16 through May 22, 2021, as Emergency Medical Services Week with the EMS Strong theme, “This is EMS: Caring for our Communities”. The Board encourages the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
After receiving the proclamation, Howell stated, “We have formed a lot of good partnerships in healthcare that we didn’t have in the past. When you think about EMS Week, I just ask everybody tonight that you say a prayer for those heroes who were lost fighting Covid; EMS, Nurses Doctors across our nation. I want the County to know that we are here to support our community any way we can, as far as emergency medical response.”
The Board’s Proclamation noted the following information regarding Emergency Medical Services. Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service. Members of Emergency Medical Services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Access to care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury. Emergency Medical Services has grown to fill a gap by providing important, out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow-up care, and access to telemedicine.
Emergency Medical Services system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police, officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out of hospital medical care providers.
Members of the Emergency Medical Services Teams, whether career or volunteer, engage thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.