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 470 square mile jurisdiction and home to nearly four million people that live, work and play in Los Angeles.
This year's theme, "EMS: One Mission. One Team", marks the 40th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 19-25, 2013. This 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.
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Earlier this month your Los Angeles Firefighters instructed Hand's Only CPR to hundreds who visited seven LAFD Fire Stations. Due to the positive feedback from participants, the LAFD will host a free "Sidewalk CPR" event at various locations throughout Los Angeles on June 4th, 2013 where you will have an opportunity to practice this life saving skill on mannequins. We look forward to providing you with more details on this exciting upcoming event soon.
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department