Many are surprised to learn the Los Angeles Fire Department commenced ambulance service in 1927. In the decades that have followed, the LAFD has remained a proud provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across what is now a 471 square mile jurisdiction and home to nearly 4 million residents.
National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26, 2012 is not only an opportunity to affirm our long-standing commitment to EMS, but more importantly to applaud the less visible members of a national EMS system that seek to assure the comfort, recovery and survival of all who turn to them when afflicted with sudden illness or injury.
This week, we proudly recognize the around-the-clock devotion of 9-1-1 dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, physicians, hospital technicians and support staff who work alongside us in a noble pursuit.
It is our hope that you will join us this week in reaching out to the providers of EMS in your community, not only to say thank you, but to allow them an ability to better understand your needs and concerns related to emergency health care.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department