National Emergency Medical Service Week, a celebration to honor those who deliver lifesaving care, is scheduled for May 18-24.
This year's EMS Week theme "EMS: When It Matters Most" emphasizes that no matter what the emergency, EMS responders are there to provide immediate lifesaving care and transportation.
EMS is a vital public service, a system of care for victims of sudden and serious illness or injury. The 911 emergency number, fire department first responders, prehospital ambulance service, and the hospital emergency department are some of the critical elements necessary for the EMS system to work.
Locally, the community has supported the EMS system through an EMS levy and various fundraisers. With reimbursement and traditional funding in peril, the community support has helped maintain and improve EMS in Klickitat County.
"I would like to personally thank the community," said David Nice, Skyline Hospital ambulance manager. "I would also like to thank the volunteer responders who are commonly first on scene when it matters most. The quality of our EMS system would not be what it is today without the support of these dedicated individuals, and support from the community."