National EMS Week is May 20-26. “EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling” is the 2012 theme, reflecting the idea that EMS personnel don’t choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions or a nine to five-hour job. They have a true calling to help and care for others in their hour of need.
EMS Week brings together communities and medical professionals to publicize safety, educate the public about local EMS agencies, and to honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on emergency medicine’s front line.
Officials said, "This week, and all year long, we owe a debt of gratitude to the thousands of EMS professionals across the nation. These individuals are true public servants dedicating their lives to aiding people in times of crisis or emergency."
Hamilton County EMS will hold its 16th annual awards banquet on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Chattanoogan, to kick-off EMS Week and to recognize its personnel for their years of service and professionalism regarding patient care and emergency response.