WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a vital public service. Access to quality emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden and life-threatening illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, serving as the safety net of America’s health care system, the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, emergency medical services teams consist of Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Firefighters, Physicians, Nurses, Emergency Trauma Technicians, Educators, and Administrators; and
WHEREAS, career and volunteer members of emergency medical services teams engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. EMS providers also educate the public about injury prevention; and
WHEREAS, Alaska has a well-established system of EMS providers and services. We wish to celebrate the dedicated volunteers, professionals, and facilities that make Alaska’s EMS system strong.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 19-25, 2019 as:
Emergency Medical Services Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities; and to learn life-saving first aid and CPR skills, and practice techniques for illness and injury prevention.