At the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting on May 5
, the board adopted a proclamation to declare May 15-21, 2022, as Emergency Medical Services Week.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford established EMS Week to recognize the EMS personnel for the important work they do throughout our nation's communities. This year, Escambia County will be celebrating EMS Week with the theme, "EMS: Rising to the Challenge."
The men and women of Escambia County EMS responded to 77,334 calls in 2021. They stand ready to provide critical care, advanced life support, basic life support, and bariatric transports to our residents and visitors.
Last year was also a year of progress for Escambia County EMS. In December, ECEMS passed their state inspection through the Florida Department of Health
with personnel records considered "very well organized with no deficiencies" and EMS facilities "properly stored and organized."
Escambia County also debuted the EMS Dashboard
in an effort to provide the citizens of Escambia County a broader and clearer view of the services provided by ECEMS and Emergency Communications, as well as integrated daily operations to ImageTrend
and began their collaboration with UF Health
"Our employees rise to the challenge each and every day," said EMS Chief David Torsell III. "I cannot thank them or recognize them enough for their tremendous effort and service to our community."
The Escambia Board of County Commissioners proudly recognizes and congratulates the men and women of Escambia County EMS during Emergency Medical Services Week.
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Escambia County District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender, EMS Deputy Chief Chris Stephens and EMS staff pictured with the EMS Week Proclamation.