May 15-21 marks National EMS Week

Below is an EMS Week Message from Director Rucker. Also attached is a pdf that you can print out.


Dear Public Safety Partner:


May 15-21 marks National EMS Week, and in honor of this special week, the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services would like to coordinate this celebration with you and other local partners to highlight the importance of emergency medical services and promote community involvement through special events and activities around the state.


As a vital community resource, you hold the power to share vital information with the public on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, from when to call 911 to CPR training. Please visit the American College of Emergency Physicians site, for more information about planning for this special observance. Become a FACEBOOK fan at .


The theme for 2011 is EMS: Everyday Heroes. We have an opportunity to raise public awareness on how important your service is to the community and to honor the selfless dedication and courage that firefighters and EMTs show every day when they perform their duties to assist the needs of their community.


National EMS Week honors the lifesaving care EMS providers offer nationwide, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. This is an opportunity to recognize the valuable partnership with our local EMS providers in our community.


We will host our 2nd Annual Ohio EMS Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in conjunction with the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP) 13th Annual EMS Star of Life Awards ceremony in Columbus. Additional details about this celebration will be distributed late April.


We encourage you to work with your local media partners to highlight the EMS Week activities taking place in your area.


For assistance in promoting your community efforts, please contact China Dodley at 614-466-2551 or email at


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